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Last Invasion of Britain

Fishguard was also the scene of the last Invasion of mainland Britain. On February 23rd. 1797, around 2,500 French troops, commanded by an American mercenary, Colonel William Tate, landed in a cove near Goodwick.

The French were spotted by a group of local ladies, who dressed in black with red shawls and tall black hats were mistaken by the French as being English soldiers, which after enduring a terrible sea voyage, did little for their morale.

The Pembrokeshire Yeomanary and the local part- time militia The Fishguard Fencibles were summoned to take up arms and engaged the invaders. After a brief battle the main body of the French army surrendered to Lord Cowdor, commander of the Welsh troops, and laid down their arms on Goodwick Sands, now Fishguard Harbour.

A number of French troops fled into the surrounding area but were quickly captured. One group in particular was rounded up single handed and armed only with a pitchfork, by Fishguard's heroin Jemima Nicholas. For her actions, Jemima Nicholas received a bravery medal and a life time pension.

As a direct result of this Invasion, the Bank of England decided to print and issue paper money to safeguard its Gold and Silver Reserve.

A 30m award winning tapestry depicting the events of the Last Invasion can be seen in Fishguard’s Town Hall, the “Last Invasion Tapestry”.

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