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The memorandum book of John Pavin Phillips 1861 was bought by the Dyfed Family History Society and has been transcribed by two members Sandra and Vaughan. The journal will be deposited at the Archives for safe keeping when they reopen and are able to accept it.

A very personal account of life in Haverfordwest over twelve months is given by the diary kept by John Pavin Phillips. Apart from a few years in the 1830s when he left to study for a medical degree in Edinburgh, John was a lifelong resident of Haverfordwest. Having inherited sufficient money from his uncle to live on, he was a non- working member of the minor gentry within the town and the entries throughout this diary reflect his life of leisure and charitable works. John lived in rented rooms in the High Street and was a regular worshipper at St Mary’s.

The diary is a fascinating snapshot of Haverfordwest in 1861, here are two examples. 

January Thursday 17th. The election of a member for the county of Pembroke took place today, George Lort Phillips being the Conservative candidate, and Colonel Hugh Owen the Liberal one. George Lort Phillips was returned by a majority of 215. It all passed off very quietly.  January Thursday 24th. Another wet day. There was no service this evening at St Mary’s owing to the new gas chandeliers being about to be fixed. The wet weather being so persistent hinders the masons greatly in laying the new pavement in St Mary’s church yard.

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