Monday, April 11, 2011

Hay-on-Wye

Also known as Y Gelli Gandryl in Welsh, since the town is indeed in Wales, was listed as a must see for me, by my family. It has over thirty bookshops and every year is the venue for a literary festival.


It is also a very old place with lots of interesting nooks and crannies and a couple of castles dating back to 1070.  It was a pleasure to wander the streets of this old market town.

Needless to say I bought several books and found some fashion prints from La Belle Assemblee that I gleefully brought home with me and shared here.






Here are some views as we walked around




This is St John's Chapel originating in the 13th century
And the Butter Market in the centre of town dating from 1830. It replaced an old open air market. Market day is Thursday
And this is a rare picture of me, about to go for lunch in the pub. This is a 17th century inn call The Black Lion, Old has now been added to its name, and it stood near the Lion Gate when Hay was a walled town.

Some parts of the building are said to date back to the 1300's.

I finish up with a picture of the back of the castle, obviously turned into a mansion and a view back into the Brecon Beacons.                                  
And that is all from me. For some reason Blogger was like molasses tonight, slow to move. But until next time, happy rambles.