We would like to say a huge thank you to John and Jill Sillitoe for their permission to install The Horse Market Heritage Trail Plaque on their premises on Market Street. The plaque reminds us again of the rich and interesting history of our town and the area which was once referred to as The Horse Market.
The area called The Horse Market extended from the far end of Market street to where the Post Office now stands. The horse market commenced at the same time every week, beginning on the chime of the town clock. It is a fascinating part of the town’s history and there is a lovely eyewitness account of a day at the Horse Market on the heritage trail page on Newtown and Llanwllchaiarn’s council website. This can be accessed by scanning the QR code on the plaque which directs you straight to page, as do all the Heritage Trail Plaques. https://newtown.org.uk/discover-newtown/newtown-heritage-trail/the-horse-market
Despite lockdown Councillor Tracy Owen has persevered with the installation of the plaques and out of the 14 to be installed 5 have been installed with plans for the sixth to be installed in the next week. As stated previously all plaques have a QR code which links to the website so you can view that plaques history, it is intended that the Trail can be used for educational purposes, recreation and a way to really get to know the town and the history of some of its most iconic buildings and areas.
If you would like to follow the trail so far, the Plaques that have been installed are located at: Sarah Brisco House, The Old Horse Market, The Oriel Davies Gallery, Frolic Street and Pryce Jones. We hope that in the very near future we will complete this project and have the remaining plaques installed at: The Market Hall, The Town Clock, The Flannel Exchange, Robert Owen’s Tomb, The Halfpenny Footbridge, WH Smiths and The Motte and Bailey.