ST ISHMAEL’S village gives its name to a largely agricultural community on the northern shore of Milford Haven. The ancient parish church stands a little distance from the village at the head of Monk Haven – said to be a landing place for pilgrims travelling to the shrine of St David. The sandstone cliffs facing the entrance to the Haven have long been regarded as strategically important in the defence of the harbour, and remains of WWII anti-aircraft and searchlight batteries can still be found along the coast path and further inland.
Watch House Point (SM 833063): The strategic importance of this headland between Monk Haven and Lindsway Bay can be seen by the number of military installations still to be found among the bracken and gorse. This was was the site of Soldier’s Rock Coast Artillery Searchlight Battery, a complex consisting of two six-inch BL Mk XII gun houses, an observation post, two coast artillery searchlights, an engine room, a gun store,
Ex Naval 6-inch breach-loading (BL) Mk XII gun house at Watch House Point.