NICHOLAS ADAMSON ROCH1816-1907
The Grand Old Man of Pembrokeshire by Tricia Allingham
When considering Cosheston and Nash in the nineteenth century, Nicholas Adamson Roch was undoubtedly the most influential individual impacting on the lives of the local residents. Here was a man from an old and extensive Pembrokeshire family, born in Bristol in 1816, educated at Rugby School, under the reforming headmaster Thomas Arnold, who was immortalised in Tom Brown’s Schooldays. He came to live permanently in Cosheston in 1842 after graduating with an MA in Law from Trinity College Cambridge. His father was the largest landowner in Cosheston and Nash, and they lived at Paskeston Hall, at that time the most prestigious house in the area.
The images below portray further members of the community captured through the ages.