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Hay and the Wye valley
  Victorian transport in the Wye valley  

Throughout Queen Victoria's reign transport in rural areas depended on the horse. The wealthy could travel in their own carriages, while others could pay to travel on the stage coaches. Few working people could afford this, so they could only travel as far as they could walk.
The tramway from Brecon connected with rural Herefordshire and brought cheaper coal to the border area and showed people what the system could offer.
By the middle of Queen Victoria's reign, the railway came to the area, connecting Hay and the rural communities with the wider world. Gradually travelling outside the area began to be within the grasp of many working people.

Choose from the topics below.

The tramway at hay
Water transport
along the river to England
The coach services
travelling by horsepower in all weathers
The carriers
transporting goods around the area and beyond
The tramway to England
an early horse-drawn railway
The coming of the railway
and connections to a wider world


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