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Due to the large number of interest points on this trail, it has been split into 6 sections. Print every section to complete the route.
Milford Haven Town Trail - Section 4
Point 25 Point 25 - War Memorial
Milford Haven’s memorial to the servicemen killed in the wars, (WW1, WW2, Korean War and Iraq War.)
Continue through the grass lawns running alongside Hamilton Terrace. As you approach the next junction (with the monument,) look for a plaque on the low wall that overlooks the sea.
Point 26 Point 26 - Great Eastern Plaque
Isombard Kingdom Brunel was famous for his architecture. He also built the giant transatlantic ships called the Great Western and the Great Eastern. This plaque indicates where the 692 foot long (213 metres) Great Eastern stayed whilst being refitted in Milford Haven.
From the plaque, we can see our next stop - a monument located in the middle of the next junction.
Point 27 Point 27 - Belgian Monument
During the First World War, many Belgian fishermen were forced to flee their country. They came over to Milford Haven, joining the local community for the duration. After the war ended, they were able to return home but commissioned this monument for the people of Milford Haven, to thank them for their support.
Stay on Hamilton Terrace and continue towards the church. Look out for the “park” on the left of the road.
Point 28 Point 28 - Memorial Garden
The Memorial Gardens are carefully maintained as a permanent memorial to those lost in war. The gardens occasionally play host to family events including carol services and Father Christmas’s annual visit. If you have time, you may spot an anonymous small shed on the edge of the garden. Every Christmas, a nativity scene is depicted inside this shed.
On the seaward side of the road, opposite the memorial garden is the Town Hall.
Point 29 Point 29 - Town Hall
The Town Hall was built by the town in 1939 and completed just before WW2. Under normal circumstances, there would have been a grand opening ceremony but this was not possible. Any unused building, even if it was brand new, was likely to be requsitioned for the duration to help with the war effort. The Council was in imminent danger of forfieting their investment. As a result, all ceremonies were bypassed and the building was immediately put to use. As a result, the Town Hall is in constant use but it has never officially been opened.
You can see the church forming our next stop , it is located at the end of Hamilton Terrace.
Point 30 Point 30 - St. Katherines Church
In the original town plans, St Katherines Church would have been in the centre of Milford Haven. A mirror image to Hamilton Terrace should have stretched out beyond the church. Milford Haven did not grow as fast as expected, hence, the area beyond the church developed in a less systematic fashion. Building work commenced in 1801 and it was completed in 1808. Much to the annoyance of the Milford residents, it was not granted Parish Church status. It was therefore subservient to the tiny village of Steynton. Eventually, in 1891, the problem was rectified and Milford Haven was recognised as a Parish.
Turn right at the church, and walk directly towards the sea. Stop when you reach the bandstand.
Point 31 Point 31 - Bandstand
We are now in an area called “The Rath” overlooking public lawns and the Haven waterway. Looking across the Haven, you can see the jetty used by the Chevron oil refinery in Pembroke.
Turn right, at the bandstand, keeping the sea on your left and you will see a cluster of monuments.
Point 32 Point 32 -Tribute to the Fishermen
This tribute was installed in 2013, to remember the town’s fishermen who have been lost at sea.
The next stop will be the sculpture next to this tribute.