Sunday, 23 September 2018

Some films shot (partly) in Pembs

I found this list somewhere.  Interesting......

Moby Dick (1956) – Goodwick and Fishguard
Fury at Smugglers’ Bay (1961) – Abereiddi
The Lion in Winter (1968) – Pembroke Castle and Marloes
Under Milk Wood (1972) – Lower Town Fishguard
Jabberwocky (1977) – Pembroke Castle
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (BBC adaptation) (1988) – Manorbier Castle
Vanity Fair (BBC drama) (1998) – Tenby
I Capture the Castle (2003) – Manorbier
I’ll Sleep when I’m Dead (2003) – Fishguard and the Preseli Hills
Round Ireland with a Fridge (2010) – Manorbier and the Preseli Hills
The Edge of Love (2008) – Tenby
Robin Hood (2010) – Freshwater West
Third Star (2010) – Barafundle Bay
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part one and part two) (2010/2011) – Freshwater West
Richard II (BBC adaptation) (2011) – Marloes and Carew Castle, Whitesands
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) – Marloes
Under Milk Wood/Dan y Wenallt (2014) – Solva
Their finest (2016) – Cresswell Quay – Cresselly House, Freshwater west – Porthgain harbour
Me before your (2016) – Pembroke
The Bad Education Movie (2015) – Pembroke

Monday, 17 September 2018

A study in despair

This is one of the strongest images in our gallery -- Martha in a state of despair, as she is in quite a large part of "On Angel Mountain" and for the first part of "House of Angels."  This captures the mood of the stories beautifully -- thanks to Rhiannon and Steve!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Cwrt, a model for Plas Ingli

I have been intrigued by Cwrt for many years, just up the hill from Llanychaer.  It's been rescued and refurbished, which is wonderful.......

In the novels, George Price (one of Martha's implacable enemies) lives at Cwrt, and it is later bought and lived in by Wilmot Gwynne, one of my favourite characters from the novels.  These parts of the story are in "Dark Angel" and then "Flying with Angels."

The farm buildings and the layout of the house, walled garden and farm give us a fine idea as to the appearance of a typical Georgian squire's house -- quite pretentious, but not quite grand enough to be called a mansion.

The roadway at bottom left leads up from the Lodge, just over the bridge from the hamlet of Llanychaer.  Note that it leads to a circular driveway leading visitors to the front entrance of the house.  The roadway at top left is the one used nowadays, but originally it was the "back entrance" used by the farm.  We can see the walled garden and the beautiful suite of buildings around the farmyard -- it's good to see that these buildings too are being restored.

The water supply came from a spring or well, and there must have been a pond near the sluice.  The features shown to the north of the farm buildings are probably bases for hay and corn ricks.

So this was one of my models fopr Plas Ingli......

The image comes from the OS 25" map series, which can be accessed here:,-4.6962

This map was made around 1888, with corrections to 1906.