Medieval merchant's house, Haverfordwest

Staff: Gerallt Nash, Mark Redknap, Sioned Williams et al

The latest building project at St. Fagans involves the re-erection of a small medieval house from Haverfordwest. Its original location near the old quay suggests that it may have been the home of a merchant. Its construction, with a vaulted undercroft, harks back to the castle-building techniques found in domestic structures in many parts of Pembrokeshire, ranging in scale from the Bishop's palaces at St Davids and Lamphey, to more diminutive examples at West Tarr (St Florence) and Carswell (Penally).

Research will aim to identify the possible function of this and similar buildings in Haverfordwest, and in particular its role within the context of (coastal) trade there during the late Middle Ages; explore the interaction between different cultural groups within the town and county; and by careful examination of other structures of similar date surviving within the county, enable the informed re-creation of any missing architectural elements in the re-erected building.