Most English people – and I mean English – think that the British mainland has not been invaded since 1066 when the Normans took over from the Saxons at the Battle of Hastings. Wrong ! A French force a few thousand strong landed in north Pembrokeshire in 1797 to try and induce the Welsh to join in with the French Revolution ideology of overthrowing their kind. The invaders got rather drunk though – and despite a not terribly efficient military response from the Brits the French eventually surrendered in the Royal Oak pub in Fishguard. One of Wales’s less-known delights is the beautiful embroidery telling the story of the Invasion which is in a special gellery at the council offices in Fishguard – well worth a look if you’re in the area.
FISHGUARD – French Invasion of 1797
September 20, 2014