In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Milford Haven like this:
Milford.-- (or Milford Haven), parl. bor. and sea-port, Hubberston and Steynton pars., Pembrokeshire, on N. shore of Milford Haven, 8 miles SW. of Haverfordwest and 282 miles W. of London by rail, 369 ac., pop. 3812; P.O., T.O., called Milford Haven, 1 Bank. Milford dates from 1790, when it became the seat of a royal dockyard for the construction of ships of war. ...
A large and populous town quickly arose, but in 1814 the dockyard was removed further up the haven to Pater (Pembroke Dock), and since that time Milford has been in a languishing state. Extensive and convenient docks capable of accommodating the largest vessels are in course of construction, and with their completion Milford will probably become a great seat of trade with America. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) Milford forms one of the Pembroke District of Parliamentary Boroughs, which returns 1 member.
Milford Haven is now part of Pembrokeshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how Pembrokeshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Milford Haven itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th April 2017
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