Photographer's Note

It was a cold grey October day when I took this photograph in the small market town of Rhayader, which dates back to the 5th century. Prehistoric evidence exists of earlier Bronze age and Roman settlements The name Rhayader or Rhaeadr Gwy in Welsh means 'waterfall on the Wye'.
Rhayader is a busy and historic market town. It is the first town on the banks of the River Wye and has long been a vital centre for the farming community with its flourishing livestock market serving a large rural area. The town lies at the crossroads of important routes from south to north and east to west through central Wales with a bridge over the River Wye. In the 18th and 19th century, sheep and cattle drovers traversed the Cambrian mountains destined for English market towns of Banbury, Hereford and London. The clock tower in the middle of Rhayader acting as the historic crossroad midway between North and South Wales and was a mid 19th century vital staging post on the famous coach road from Aberystwyth to London.

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