Category:People from Pembroke, Pembrokeshire
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The following 16 pages are in this category, out of 16 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 16 pages are in this category, out of 16 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Pembroke, Pembrokeshire – Pembroke is a historic settlement and former county town of Pembrokeshire in West Wales. The town features a number of buildings and complexes and is one of the major population centres in the county. It was the birthplace of Henry Tudor, later Henry VII of England, Pembroke Castle, the remains of a stone mediæval castle was the birthplace of King Henry VII of England. Gerald de Windsor was Constable of Pembroke, Pembroke town and castle and its surroundings are linked with the early Christian church. Later this was the site of the Knights of St John in the UK, Monkton Priory has very early foundations and was renovated by the Knights in the last century. The first stone building was a tower, now known as the Medieval Chapel, 69a Main Street. There are the remains of a hall to the north. The building was used as an early church, the layout is the same as St. Govans Chapel and it was used by John Wesley from 1764 to preach Methodism. In 1866 it became the brewery for the York Tavern which was Oliver Cromwells headquarters at the Siege of Pembroke during the English Civil War, on both banks of the Pembroke River to the west of the castle are many remains of early activities. There is an early complete graving dock in what was Hancocks Yard. The bridge which crosses and constrains the millpond was constructed to house a tide mill, at Pennar Flats there was an early submarine base used for experiments in submarine warfare. Three of the houses on the foreshore, part of the shipyard before the Admiralty Dock Yard was built, are still standing but are heavily altered. The ferry port of Pembroke Dock is a town, which was established in 1814. It lies three miles to the north of Pembroke, the town and county derive their names from the cantref of Penfro, Pen = head or end, and bro = region, country, land, which has been interpreted to mean either Lands End or headland. Pembroke is on the south Pembrokeshire peninsula, by the estuary of the River Cleddau, Pembroke town is at the bottom of a small valley, flanked on all sides by woodland and arable farmland. The town is 8 miles south of the county town of Haverfordwest, the town is centred on Main Street, which is the only street that is inside the original town walls. Outside of the walls, residential estates have been built to the north towards Pembroke Dock, to the east towards the village of Lamphey, to the west of the town lies the village of Monkton, which is included as part of the community of Pembroke. At the 2001 census, the community had a population of 7,214, the conurbation of Pembroke Dock and Pembroke has a combined population of 15,890 and as such is one of the major population centres of West Wales
2. Frank Goodden – Major Frank Widenham Goodden was a pioneering British aviator who served as chief test pilot for the Royal Aircraft Factory during the First World War. Goodden was born in Pembroke, the son of Harry Francis Goodden, a photographer from Eastbourne. He left school aged 16 and worked in engineering for three years before joining the balloon manufacturing company C. G. Spencer and Sons in 1908, the following year he made his first balloon flight, before giving exhibition flights in towns across Britain. Goodden left Spencers in October 1910 to be the engineer for Ernest Willows in his Airship No.3 City of Cardiff on a flight between London and Paris. The airship took off from Wormwood Scrubbs mid-afternoon on 4 November, after night fell, cloud and fog meant they became lost over France, eventually setting down at Corbehem near Douai. Louis Breguet drove from his flying ground at La Brayelle nearby, Willows intended to continue the flight to the aerodrome at Issy in Paris the next day, but the weather deteriorated, and instead he packed up the airship and had it transported there by train. They stayed in Paris for a several weeks, celebrating the New Year by making several circuits around the Eiffel Tower, Goodden returned to England in January 1911 and settled in Oxford, making several balloon flights and a number of parachute descents, before turning to heavier-than-air flying machines. On 30 April 1914 at the first night-flying demonstration at Hendon and he was also the pilot when William Newell became the first British man to make a parachute jump from a powered aircraft at Hendon on 9 May 1914. Goodden was entered into the Daily Mail Aerial Derby in a Morane-Saulnier H aircraft, however after several weeks of fine weather, a storm broke over London on the Friday night, and the following day was very unsettled and misty, and altogether unfavourable for a cross-country race. After several test flights the contest was postponed until 6 June, on the Sunday around thirty exhibition flights were made, about half of which also took passengers, including Enrico Caruso, who flew with Claude Grahame-White. Goodden joined the staff of the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough as a civilian test pilot on 7 August 1914, immediately after the declaration of war. He made the first flights of aircraft, including the F. E.6, F. E. 2a, S. E.4, B. E.9. While remaining attached to the Royal Aircraft Factory Goodden was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps on 13 February 1915. He was confirmed in his rank on 5 March, in the late summer of 1916, reports had filtered back to the Factory that the F. E.8 was involved in a series of spinning accidents and that the type was acquiring a reputation as a dangerous aircraft. On 28 January 1917, Goodden was killed in a crash at Farnborough while flying one of the first prototypes of the S. E.5, the coroner returned a verdict of Accidental Death. An inspection discovered that the wings had suffered failure in downward torsion, plywood webs were then added to the compression ribs, curing the problem, and were standardized on all later S. E. 5s and S. E. 5as. The funeral procession was more than half a mile long, Goodden was buried with full military honours with a firing party from the RFC. He is buried in Grave AG,362 at the Aldershot Military Cemetery
3. Mervyn Johns – David Mervyn Johns was a distinctive Welsh film and television character actor who became a star of British films during World War II. Continuing into the era, he was a notable mainstay of Ealing Studios. Mervyn Johns started his career in the theatre in the 1920s, among his dozens of film roles were the church warden in Went the Day Well. The fearful architect Walter Craig in the mystery film Dead of Night, Johns also made many television appearances, in series such as The Avengers, Danger Man and Dixon of Dock Green. He was well known for his mostly mild-mannered, lugubrious, amusing, sometimes moving little men in over 100 film and his first wife was the concert pianist Alys Steele. They had one daughter, the actress Glynis Johns, born in South Africa, with whom he appeared in The Halfway House, after Alyss death in 1970 he married the actress Diana Churchill in 1976. A popular misunderstanding is that he was the brother of the actor Stratford Johns. Mervyn Johns at the Internet Movie Database
4. Daniel Jones (composer) – Daniel Jenkyn Jones OBE was a composer of classical music, who worked in Britain. He used both serial and tonal techniques and he is best known for his quartets and thirteen symphonies and for his song settings for Dylan Thomass play, Under Milk Wood. Jones was born in Pembroke in south Wales and his father, Jenkyn Jones, was a composer and his mother a singer, and by the time he was nine years old the young Daniel had himself written several piano sonatas. At this period Jones and Thomas were part of the group of aspiring artists who would meet at the Kardomah cafe in Castle Street. Other members of the group were the poet Vernon Watkins and the painter Alfred Janes, in 1935 Jones left Swansea to study music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his teachers included Sir Henry Wood and Harry Farjeon. Winning the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 1935 allowed him to study in Czechoslovakia, France, the Netherlands and Germany, in 1937 Jones married Penelope Eunice Bedford, with whom he would have three daughters. During the War, as a captain in the Intelligence Corps, he used his abilities at Bletchley Park codes centre as a cryptographer. In 1944 Jones married his wife, Irene Goodchild, with whom he would have one son. After the War, Jones won increasing recognition as an innovative composer, between 1945 and 1985 he composed his series of twelve symphonies, each centred on one semi-tone of the chromatic scale, and in 1992 his unnumbered Symphony In Memoriam John Fussell. By 1993 he had composed eight string quartets, as well as works in other genres, including the cantata, The Country Beyond the Stars. Jones enjoyed long friendships with artists, among them Vernon Watkins, Ceri Richards and Grace Williams. In 1968 Jones was awarded an OBE and he died in Swansea in 1993. His archive is held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, an oil portrait of Jones by Alfred Janes is held by the National Museum Cardiff, a photographic portrait by Bernard Mitchell is held by the National Portrait Gallery, London. In 2008 the actor Adrian Metcalf and composer Rob Marshall drew on the compositions and writings of Jones and Thomas in their tribute, by 1936, Jones had devised his own compositional system of Complex Metres, which was fully developed in his Sonata for Three Non-Chromatic Kettle-Drums. Joness system was adapted in Germany by the composer Boris Blacher, for Jones himself his complex structures had always to be allied with emotive intention. As is the case with other composers who used both techniques and tonality, Joness music may for a time have seemed too advanced for traditionalists. Article by Herbert Culot at musicweb-international. com Maecenas Music, publisher of many of Jones works Lyrita CDs Chandos CDs
5. William Lort Mansel – William Lort Mansel was an English churchman and Cambridge fellow. He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1798 to his death in 1820, William Lort Mansel was the son of William Wogan Mansel of Pembroke. He was educated at the school of Mr Sparks in Gloucester and at Trinity College, Cambridge, elected a fellow of Trinity in 1775, he was ordained deacon in 1780 and priest in 1783, and became Vicar of Bottisham from 1783 to 1790. He became Vicar of Chesterton, Cambridge in 1788 and Vicar of Fowlmere in 1789, in 1798 Mansel was appointed Master of Trinity. Made Bishop of Bristol in 1808, he combined the bishopric with his mastership until his death in 1820 and he is interred at Trinity College. The Master of Trinity at Trinity College, Cambridge http, //www. barwickinelmethistoricalsociety. com/3310. html Portraits of William Lort Mansel at the National Portrait Gallery, London
6. Reg Thomas (athlete) – Reginald Reg Heber Thomas AFC was a Welsh middle-distance runner. He competed at the 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics and the 1930 British Empire Games and he missed the 1936 Summer Olympics because of injury, and did not compete in the 1934 British Empire Games for Wales, because of English objections. At both Olympics he was eliminated in the first round of the 1500 metres event, at the 1930 Empire Games he won the gold medal in the mile and the silver medal in the 880 yards race. He could not compete for Wales because Wales did not have an athletics association at the time. Welsh track and field athletes could compete for England in 1930 although Welsh swimmers did compete for their home nation. On 8 June 1944 Thomas a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve was awarded the Air Force Cross