Ilkeston Cam On Tour - Builth Wells
w/e 08 August 2004
All this week's pictures were taken on July 24th 2004 with a Kodak DX6490

We have recently returned from what is fast becoming our annual jaunt to Pembrokeshire and the south west corner of Wales. This year our return journey to Derbyshire took us via a route we had not travelled along before through the middle part of Wales. A brief - very brief - "comfort stop" in Builth Wells allowed me just enough time to capture half a dozen shots for this page.
River Wye

The market town stands on the River Wye which is crossed by an eighteenth century bridge with six arches. It is the venue each July for the Royal Welsh Show which this year, had concluded on the Thursday before our visit on the following Saturday. Although I didn't know it at the time, the showground in the grounds of Llanelwedd Hall is at the end of the bridge to the left of this picture.
War Memorial

On this side of the river, the formal flower beds surrounding the War Memorial were being supplemented by some personal tributes.

The name of Builth Wells followed from the discovery of two springs, one saline and the other sulphur. In Victorian times these were renowned for their healing powers and by the end of the nineteenth century there were many visitors "taking the waters". Some time earlier in 1691 when the town was known by its Welsh name Llanfair-ym-Muallt meaning, according to one source "The Church in the Cow Pasture", it had been destroyed by fire. Another meaning is given as "St. Mary's in the Cantref of Builth" again obviously referring to a church. The rebuilt town now contains many architectural styles and this church above, seen from the Memorial gardens, though not of the cow pasture or St Mary fame, is one of many sturdy buildings that have arisen.
Stone Circle

The church overlooks a stone circle. Unfortunately I have been unable to elicit any information about this particular feature although there are any number of prehistoric sites including stone circles and burial chambers in Wales.
Church and Circle

Here is another view of the church and the stone circle which stands on the area of land between the road and the river that is known as The Groe. There are also tennis courts, a bowling green, a putting course, a covered swimming pool and a dog free playing area for children on this area.
Rugby Pitch

And of course no visit to Wales would be complete without sight of something almost as symbolic of the country as the daffodil and the leek - the ubiquitous rugby pitch.

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