SM7424 : A reminder of the past, Porthclais

taken 8 years ago, near to Rhosson, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

A reminder of the past, Porthclais
A reminder of the past, Porthclais
This fine mooring bollard is a reminder that Porthclais harbour was once a busy trading port serving the city of St Davids, a mile to the northeast.

From the sixteenth century until around 1900, goods handled at Porthclais included wool, corn, malt, timber and lime. The derelict lime kilns can still be seen on both sides of Porthclais harbour. Limestone was brought in by ship and burnt in the kilns to produce lime which was transported away by horse and cart; some went to make mortar but most was used for agricultural soil conditioning.

Today, Porthclais is maintained by the National Trust which runs a sales kiosk and tea stall in the carpark making it a popular destination for walkers.

Porthclais harbour is at the head of a narrow inlet, a ria formed when seawater flooded the valley which had been carved out by retreating glaciation after the last ice age. A stone breakwater protects the harbour entrance. The coast around Porthclais is popular with canoeists and rock-climbers.
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Date Taken
Friday, 25 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 8 October, 2009
Category
Coastal scenery   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 740 241 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:52.1977N 5:16.9863W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SM 741 240
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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