Tenby Historical Society

Notes and happenings

A Legacy of Opium

John Rees of Tenby became arguably the greatest opium smuggler of history, acting as Commodore of the Jardine Mattheson opium fleet, shipping hugh quantities of opium between China and India in the 1830s. He retired to Tenby, building for his own use Lexden Terrace, described as Tenby's finest nineteenth century houses. This account describes the activities of the Rees brothers in China and the legacy of John Rees, both in Tenby and in the social contribution later made by his family. It is available for £9.00 from the Society - please email info@tenbyhistoricalsociety.org.uk




Tenby has a fine museum with a Story of Tenby gallery

Pembrokeshire Historical Society

An excellent account of the White family, Tudor merchants in Tenby.



Ruins of the house belonging to the White family, a prominent Tenby family that provided several mayors. It is said that Henry Richmond who became King Henry VII escaped from this house via Tenby harbour to France when sought by King Edward IV.
Picture c1830 by Charles Norris

Tenby harbour at sunset