History of Pembrey & Burry Port

The community has expanded hugely since it’s origins around 1850, when records show Burry Port emerging as a town, springing up around the new docks adjacent to Pembrey, with it’s established community and church. The current population of Pembrey and Burry Port communities exceeds 9,000.

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, livelihoods and income was derived from farming and fishing. The Industrial Revolution brought the railways and collieries to the area, and these formed the cornerstone of the now thriving communities.

Pembrey Harbour was built and became operational in 1819. It was very successful and a canal was constructed to bring coal from the Gwendraeth mines to Pembrey as Kidwelly harbour was too small to accommodate large ships. Indeed, such was the trade at Pembrey, it too was deemed too small. So in 1830 an advert was placed to get people and industrialists to invest money to build the “New Pembrey Harbour”, Which was later re-named Burry Port Harbour. It received the first ships in 1832.


The importance of the newly emerging town was plain when the Railways reached Burry Port, and the railway station serving both communities was built. This railway station is still serving the community today, on the mainline to London in 4 hours, and the west coast at Fishguard linking with Ireland.



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