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Some Victorian maps
 
  Llandrindod in 1887  
 

The map below is a section of a map made at a scale of 6 inches = 1 mile in 1887. Compare this with the map of the area in 1833 to see some of the great changes which occurred in the Victorian period.
The first thing you can see is that a new town of Llandrindod Wells has been built on what was open common.

 

  Running down the middle of the map is the new railway line which made the development of the new town possible. The railway brought in large numbers of visitors to take the waters and hotels and guest houses were built for them.  
 

1. At the north end of the new town is the new settlement where the road crosses the railway and a new National School building has been built there. At this time there was a big gap between this crossing area and the town centre.

 
  2. Just to the south of the Pump House Hotel a new lake has been dug out of boggy ground by the hotel for the guests to the town to enjoy.  
  3. Temple Gardens is still part of the open common. Walking from the Bridge Hotel to the Ridgebourne in 1887 you would have walked across open common with no houses.  
  4. Down in the meadows by the river you can see a race course. This was another development designed to attract visitors.  
As the railway came in the 1860s when the open common was enclosed we can see that an awful lot has been done in a short time. This is still very different from the Llandrindod Wells we know today, though. There are no buildings on the east side of Middleton Street and where the large Post Office building is today there is a field!  
  Compare with a map of the area in 1833..  
 

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