Hidden Histories of Pembroke’s Walled Gardens (Part II)

Viewing a hidden garden

Viewing a hidden garden

The Hidden Histories of Pembroke’s Walled Gardens project continued on Sunday 5th July with a tour of some of the historic burgage plots within the ancient town walls.  

Thankfully the thunderstorms abated, the sun came out and a good and enthusiastic crowd were able to visit some of the gardens and projects that are hidden from view.  Thanks to two kind owners they were able to see the intricate layout of some of the plots, which are steep terraces dictated by the limestone outcrop on which Pembroke Main Street stands.  They saw wonderful views from both sides of the town across the Commons and the Mill Ponds, were taken to a quiet orchard of heritage fruit trees, and discovered the line of many of the medieval burgage plots most of which have been widened but some still are the original long narrow plots. 

They were shown the plans for a garden to tell the story of Pembroke through time behind the Tabernacle URC Church and visited a 21st Century burgage plot being created as a community garden behind St Oswald’s House. 

Led by Pembroke 21C’s Town Heritage and Environment Group the project is investigating the burgage plots over a series of three events.  Linked with the garden behind the Tabernacle which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw the next event will be a talk about the Journey through Time project at Foundry House from 7.30pm on Wednesday 9th September.