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Llandrindod and district
Taking the waters
  An exceedingly jolly time at Llandrindod  

The 'holiday resort' of Llandrindod Wells was at its peak in the late Victorian and early Edwardian years. During "the Season" of May to mid-September, many kinds of entertainers and musicians went there to perform for the visitors, just as they do nowadays at many seaside resorts.
The traditional British music hall acts were very popular then, and these included comedy acts, magicians, dancers, and singers.

at Llandrindod
Wells for
the Season

Pierrots in costume Victorian entertainers
Mr Harry Cove's Red Pierrots, plus dog (left) and a strange group of performers (above) in the 1890s.
  A guide to Llandrindod Wells published in 1892 included the announcement below about the "High-class Entertainments" available in the Market Hall in High Street.  
Market Hall advertisement

Another holiday guide from 1896 said that "Everybody will admit, unless he is a hopelessly morose individual, that life here is exceeding jolly during the season".
The visitors kept coming to the town in large numbers until the outbreak of the Great War of 1914-18. There were holidaymakers again in the 1920s and 1930s, but the Victorian fashion for "taking the waters" was a thing of the past.
Seaside holidays were now preferred, and Llandrindod Wells became a much quieter place.

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