Lawrenny & Martletwy

Its position at the junction of the Carew River and the Milford Haven waterway meant that Lawrenny Quay was for many years a busy river port.

Shipbuilding and ship repairing were important local trades, coal and limestone were exported to harbours along the Bristol Channel, and ferry-boats crossed to Cosheston and Rhooseferry. With the decline in coastal trading, Lawrenny Quay began to develop as a yachting and holiday centre and now has a landing-stage, boatyard and chandlery, much of it based on the site of RNAS Lawrenny Ferry.

Lawrenny, a mile away in the midst of rolling farmland, is a village of attractive cottages. Martletwy, too, is now predominantly a centre of agriculture although coal was mined for many years around Landshipping and exported from Landshipping Quay.

Searchlight Batteries: Few traces remain of the WWII batteries which were located at Deals Cross, Lawrenny Newton and Prettylands, Coedcanlas.

Further reading:

The Military Airfields of Wales and West Midlands by Ken Delve;

Airfields and Landing Grounds of Wales (West) by Ivor Jones;

Flow Gently Sweet River by Robert Davies and Jane Nelson;

A River Never Sleeps by Robert Davies and Jane Nelson.