Milford Haven Cottages
Situated on the north side of the Milford Haven Waterway, an estuary forming a natural harbour that has been used as a port since the Middle Ages, the town was founded in 1793. Designed to a grid pattern, it was originally intended to be a whaling centre, though by 1800 it was developing as a Royal Navy dockyard which it remained until this was transferred to Pembroke in 1814. It then became a commercial dock and in the 1960s the focus changed to logistics for fuel oil and liquid gas.
By 2010 the port had become the 4th largest in the UK in terms of tonnage and plays an important role in the country's energy sector. Milford is the second largest town in Pembrokeshire, with a population of around 13,000 and the Haven provides facilities for boating and a marina. The Custom House located centrally in the docks area is the town's oldest building dating back to 1797; it now houses the Milford Haven Museum.
With panoramic views of the Haven, The Rath is a landscaped street on high ground. The land was used in the C18th as a gun battery and its eastern edge was the site of the Royalist fort constructed by Charles I.