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  The Butter Market, Hay-on-Wye, Brecknockshire (Powys), Wales   Hay-on-Wye.

The Butter Market was built by William Enoch in 1830 to replace an old open market in order to provide a covered market area for local traders on market days which are always on Thursdays. It is a grade II listed building and had been walled up during the second World War but was re-opened and restored by Hay Warren Trustees in 1985.

 

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  The Cheese Market, Hay-on-Wye, Brecknockshire (Powys), Wales   Hay-on-Wye.

The Cheese Market is not far from the Butter Market and was built by Sir Joseph Bailey in 1835 as the manorial court room, with a market hall below. It is a grade II listed building and has been restored by local people.

 

 

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  The Clock Tower, Hay-on-Wye, Brecknockshire (Powys), Wales   Hay-on-Wye.

The Victorian Gothic tower, designed by J. C Haddon, was built in 1884 and with its bellcote, and pointed roof it is remarkably similar to the clock tower in Knighton. It originated in a legacy by Captain Brown for a clock for the church tower but this idea was expanded by the executors to include the clock tower, public hall and corn exchange but only the former was built.

 

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  Books, Hay-on-Wye, Brecknockshire (Powys), Wales   Hay-on-Wye.

With over twenty bookshops, Hay-on-Wye is often described as "the town of books". Since 1988, Hay-on-Wye has been the venue for a literary festival which draws a claimed 80,000 visitors over ten days around the end of May and beginning of June. There are even these books just inside the entrance to the Castle grounds.

 

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  Gospel Pass, Hay-on-Wye, Brecknockshire (Powys), Wales   Hay-on-Wye.

The road from Hay-on-Wye leading to Llanthony goes via Gospel Pass; the highest road pass in Wales. The views from the top are worth the drive.

 

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