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  The Old Swan Inn, West Street  

This is another picture of old Rhayader which was originally sold as a souvenir postcard for visitors to the town at the end of the Victorian age.
This one was taken in West Street, looking east towards the old Market Hall at the main crossroads in the centre of town.

Old Swan Inn
around 1900
Old Swan Inn

The picture is captioned 'Old Swan', which was the white fronted inn on the right. The original building was mentioned in 1676 as being one of the two inns in Rhayader at that date. Some changes were made in 1683, including the rebuilding of the three chimney stacks, and this date is carved into the old timbers inside the building.
During the 1860s the Old Swan stopped trading as an inn, and it was used in later years as a hardware shop, a saddlers, a butcher's shop, and other businesses.

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The building which was once the Old Swan Inn still stands in West Street, except for the lower section nearest the camera in the picture. This was replaced by a new building in the early 1900s.
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