History of Broad Haven

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History of Broad Haven

Broad Haven PembrokeshireLittle is known of the history of Broad Haven before the 1800s and there are no indications towards settlements in ancient times. Yet by 1800 it had become a popular coastal village and by 1937 it was thriving as a seaside resort. In 1882 the first shop opened, soon to be followed by several others as Broad Haven became more popular.

However, surprisingly, its prime industry was coal, which was extracted from the pits on the cliffs and transported to North Wales. The coal industry thus remained Broad Haven’s main source of income for many years.


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