Milford Haven

Milford Haven ( /ˈmɪlfəd ˈheɪvən/; Welsh: Aberdaugleddau, meaning "mouth of the two Rivers Cleddau") is a town and community in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is situated on the north side of the Milford Haven Waterway, an estuary forming a natural harbour that has been used as a port since the Middle Ages. The town was founded in 1790 on the north side of the Waterway, from which it takes its name. Designed to a grid pattern, it was originally intended by the founder, Sir William Hamilton, to be a whaling centre, though by 1800 it was developing as a Royal Navy dockyard which it remained until the dockyard was transferred to Pembroke in 1814. It then became a commercial dock, with the focus moving in the 1960s, after the construction of an oil refinery built by the Esso Company, to logistics for fuel oil and liquid gas. By 2010 the town's port has become the fourth largest in the United Kingdom in terms of tonnage, and plays an important role in the United Kingdom's energy sector with several oil refineries and one of the biggest LNG terminals in the world.

Milford is the second largest settlement in Pembrokeshire, with a population of 12,830; while with 13,086 people its community boundaries make it the most populous in the county. As a Welsh local government community, Milford takes in the town of Milford itself and its suburbs, including Hakin, Hubberston, Liddeston, and Steynton.

The natural harbour of the Haven was known as a safe port and was exploited for several historical military operations throughout the second millennium. Campaigns conducted from the Haven included part of Henry II's Invasion of Ireland in 1171 and Cromwell's own attack on Ireland in 1649, while forces which have disembarked at the point include Jean II de Rieux's 1405 reinforcement of the Glyndŵr Rising. In 1485, Henry VII landed at the Milford Haven Waterway before marching on England.

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Milford Haven - Notable People
... See CategoryPeople from Milford Haven One of the earliest notable figures from the Milford Haven area is Howell Davis, a pirate born in 1680 ... Milford Haven has produced, or attracted, several notable artists including Arthur Symons, poet, critic, and an art editor of The Savoy magazine, who was born in the town in 1865, and Charles ... Performing artists from Milford Haven include Helen Watts, a contralto who studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the CBE in 1978 ...
Steynton - History
... used as a musketry position during the English Civil War action at Pill Fort in Milford Haven ... Steynton originally lay separate to Milford Haven, being roughly two miles to the north/north-east of Milford, but like other hamlets and villages surrounding Milford Haven such as Hakin ... it has merged into the town of Milford Haven due to residential expansion, now forming part of the latter ...
Charles Francis Greville - Milford Haven
... The construction of the seaport of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, is due to Greville's entrepreneurial spirit ... Natives of Nantucket were induced to settle, and for some decades Milford was a whaling port ...
SS Empire Bairn - War Service - 1941–42
... being a member of Convoy BB 172 which sailed from Belfast Lough on 9 May and arrived at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire the next day ... sailed from Holyhead on 9 July 1942 and arrived at Milford Haven on 10 July ... July to join Convoy WP 185 which sailed from Milford Haven that day and arrived at Portsmouth on 13 July ...
Carmarthen To Aberystwyth Line - History - Manchester and Milford Railway
... The Manchester and Milford Railway was an ambitious proposal to connect Manchester and the industrialised Midlands and Northwest England with the docks at Milford Haven ... to the Pembroke and Tenby Railway for connection to the deepwater port at Milford Haven ... The plan was that, combined with industrial traffic from South Wales, Milford Haven could "provide the Lancashire cotton industry with alternative port to Liverpool." ...

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