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another year, another day
Photographs by John Archer-Thomson, Toby Driver, Adrian Hawke,
Richard Hellon, Eric Lees, Betty & Tony Rackham and Lisa Whitfeld

128 pages with 116 photographs, largely in colour
Paperback     £12.95    ISBN 978 1906663 34 6
Limited edition hardback of 500 copies    £20    ISBN 978 1906663 33 9

In 2007 Logaston Press published Pembrokeshire: a year and a day, a selection of the work of a number of local photographers. This second volume, which is to a larger format and on heavier paper, adopts the same style, the photographs being arranged so that they broadly run from early morning in winter through the soft light of spring, the stronger light of summer and the varied colours of autumn, to conclude with a series of winter sunsets: ‘another year, another day’.
This volume includes the work of eight local photographers whose images capture the county in many moods and weather conditions. Their chosen subjects include many stretches of the county’s coastline, several historic sites, the Preseli hills, the Gwaun Valley, Tycanol and Pengelli woods and a variety of flora and fauna, including some below the surface of the sea. The quality of the images is undeniable, and many deserve a long and lingering look; and as a group they present a moving portrait of a beautiful county.

The Pubs of St. David’s, Fishguard

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  & North Pembrokeshire
by Keith Johnson

256 pages with over 230 black and white illustrations
Paperback       £9.95      ISBN 978 190666350 6

This b ook is the fourth in a series which covers the history and social background of the hotels, taverns and inns that have existed throughout Pembrokeshire. In this volume all existing hostelries in north Pembrokeshire from the just to the west and north of Haverfordwest across to the coast are included, along with many that have come and gone. The first chapter covers the attitude of St. David to alcohol, and the ironic impetus that pilgrimage to his shrine gave to the requirements for drinking places; explains the difference between ale-houses, inns and taverns; tells of the numerous shebeens; the changes in legislation over the years; the rise of the temperance movement and the more hard-line teetotallers who often petitioned successfully for the closure of inns; and the more recent changes to the type of customers who frequent pubs.
    Ea ch following chapter then takes a geographical area, telling the history of its various hostelries, with stories of landlords and of strange goings on. There is the tale of a pub that provided space for the local dentist to conduct his business which resulted in an argument as to whether the dentist should pay rent, or whether the beer drunk by those waiting to see him provided sufficient return. Ghosts feature fairly frequently, perhaps the most odd being that of a smoker who declares his presence with puffs of smoke. Elsewhere, one shebeen tried to get around the letter of the law by giving its beer away free, the landlady instead charging customers for having to polish the bench on which they sat.
    Keith Johnson was born in a Pembrokeshire pub — the Carew Inn, where his parents were licensees in the 1950s. He has spent most of his working life as a journalist in west Wales, either on the Western Telegraph or the Carmarthen Journal, and currently combines freelance writing with editing Pembrokeshire Life magazine. He lives in the tiny hamlet of Pisgah, close to Cresswell Quay (and the Cresselly Arms).