Battle is on to save town walls

 Barnards Tower

Barnards Tower

For centuries Pembroke’s historic town walls have stood defiantly - as much a part of the town’s medieval defences as the magnificent Norman castle at the head of the limestone spur. But while the castle has been rebuilt and restored to its former glory, the walls and the defensive towers that dot their length have not fared so well. While some stretches remain well maintained and other parts have been patched up from time to time, other stretches of wall are showing signs of long-term neglect - ivy-covered and in urgent need of re-pointing. The town’s three great medieval gateways are all long gone - swept away by Victorian road traffic improvements - and it is partly in order to ensure that the remaining walls do not go the same way that the Pembroke Town Walls Trust has recently been formed.