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Builth and district
in Victorian times
  Would anyone like to buy some cows ?  

Another photograph which makes it easier to understand why the symbol for the town on the old Market Hall showed a bull with large horns !
This picture shows a cattle fair in progress in Builth High Street, possibly taken in 1905 at the same as the photograph on another page in this series. This view is looking west along the High Street, with West Street visible in the background.

High Street
Cattle fair c1905

There are some interesting details visible on the original picture. There are two men in uniform among the group at the bottom right of the picture, probably officials from the railway station over the bridge in Llanelwedd. They would have come into town to see the busy scene on market day.
The young lad in white standing in front of them looks like he may have been working for a local shopkeeper - possibly a butcher's boy.
The sign above the drapers shop on the right reads "Hearse for hire", which could be useful if you wanted to move bodies around the district !

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