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Talk at Welshpool Town Hall

Being a Local Tourist in Welshpool

A dozen dedicated people turned out to hear Chris Martin talk about Archaeology in and around Welshpool at the Corn Exchange in Welshpool's Town Hall on the 8th July. The event had been organised by the Town Council as part of its inaugural Be a Local Tourist Week, during which locals have been encouraged to look at their town in a new light and get the chance to see and hear what Welshpool has to offer. The audience were regaled with fascinating information about all periods of the town and its surrounding area's history, illustrated by examples of the work of the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust over the past thirty years. As with the rest of the week's events the talk was very well received and those attending went away in eager anticipation of CPAT's guided history walk around the town on 10th July . . . .

The Breiddin Hills, topped by two Iron Age hillforts

. . . . and indeed the crowds did turn out for Jeff's walk about Welshpool on the 10th. Sixteen eager individuals accompanied him on a tour around some of the key historic sites of the town. They were intrigued by the fine 18th and 19th century street frontages, many of which disguise earlier medieval buildings, they also heard about the early motte and bailey castle, its associated town and their Roman predecessors. To find out more about the history of Welshpool follow this link.

At the end of the 19th century Welshpool had 96 public houses. In 2008 one of  the longest established, The Mermaid Inn, joined the 85 that have closed since 1901. © CPAT photo CS92-044-0020

After the walk we received a surprise, but very welcome, email from Forest Hills (yes, that's the one in New York, USA) to say . . .

    I was visiting from the States, and this was one of the highlights of my stay in Welshpool. Jeff was informative, knowledgeable, and charming and his talk taught me much about the area that I hadn't known before. Thank you for participating in Be a Local Tourist Week and for making it so exciting!

Chris Martin, July 2008

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