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Hay and district
In Victorian times
  A Magic Lantern view of High Town  

This picture was taken in about 1885, and it shows the junction of High Town and The Pavement in the heart of the old part of the town. The narrow streets were very crowded on what was probably market day.

High Town
High Town, Hay
with thanks to
Eric Lewis Pugh
of Hay

The photograph was used originally for projecting on to a wall or High Town,Hayscreen by a 'Magic Lantern'. This was an early kind of film projector, and a display of pictures like this was a special treat in the Victorian age.

You can see from the recent photograph shown on the right that the view in the old picture still looks much the same today. The poster advertising sewing machines for three pounds, seven shillings and six pence has gone, though !

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