The Last Invasion Tapestry Gallery, The Town Hall - Fishguard
The Battle of Fishguard was a military invasion of Great Britain by Revolutionary France during the War of the First Coalition. The brief campaign, which took place between 22 February and 24 February 1797, was the most recent effort by a foreign force that was able to land on Britain, and is often referred to as the "last invasion of Britain". The invasion was the plan of General Lazare Hoche, who had devised a three-pronged attack on Britain, Two forces would land in Britain as a diversionary effort, while the main body would land in Ireland. Poor weather and indiscipline amongst the troops halted two of the forces, the third, aimed at landing in Wales and then marching on to Bristol, went ahead. The invasion force consisted of 1,400 troops from the La Legion Noire (The Black Legion) under the command of Irish American Colonel William Tate. Transported on four French warships under the command of Commodore Jean-Joseph Castagnier, Tate's forces landed at Carregwastad Head near Fishguard on 22 February. The troops were met by a quickly assembled group of around 500 British reservists, militia and sailors under the command of John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor. After brief clashes with the local civilians and Lord Cawdor's forces on 23 February, Tate was forced into an unconditional surrender by 24 February. This little known, but very important, historical event is celebrated and explained in a new Gallery in the centre of Fishguard. As well as historical displays an amazing embroidered 30 metre long tapestry tells the story of the 1797 last invasion of mainland Britain. The story is told in the Fishguard Tapestry created for the 200th anniversary, proudly displayed in the Town Hall Library. This beautiful work was a Fishguard Arts Society community project. Over 70 women stitched for two years to make the finished work using 97 different colours of embroidery thread. Now known and admired internationally, this is an essential treasure to see for anyone on a coastal holiday visiting Pembrokeshire. If it’s magnificent self catering holiday accommodation with panoramic coastal views you are searching for, then look no further... FBM Holidays proudly present the ideal luxury getaway, ideal for a romantic weekend break or a fun packed family holiday. Moon River at Bay View in Goodwick. Set in an elevated hillside position with views extending over Fishguard. Bay View is an outstanding building which has been divided into three self contained apartments, each well equipped to afford you all you will need for a self catering short break for two. The property has been enjoyed some interesting guests in the past, It is said that Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor once enjoyed private parties at Bay View whilst filming 'Under Milk Wood' at Fishguard in the early 1970s! Pets are more than welcome within this self catering holiday accommodation so feel free to bring along Fido for a dog friendly holiday.