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Hay-on-Wye Clock Tower

The Hay-on-Wye clock tower is another landmark in this book-filled town. It was built in 1884 in the then-popular High Victorian Gothic or Neo-Gothic style. This structure was designed by J. C Haddon. The concept was a legacy of Captain Brown of Hay, whose intent was a clock tower for the parish church. The executors […]

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River Wye

Here it is: the Wye part of Hay-on-Wye. I’ve made a lot of fuss about the town, but haven’t said anything about River Wye. Well, its main feature is that it separates England and Wales. That Hay-on-Wye is situated on its bank it automatically made the town a popular war and military fortification target for […]

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I’ve wanted to visit Hay-on-Wye, the tiny Welsh town (I now know there are no other kinds) filled with antiquarian and used book shops, ever since reading Sixpence House by Paul Collins. The book tells of Collins’ attempt to relocate from San Francisco to quirky, book-laden Hay-on-Wye. His impressions of the charming town and its […]

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Hay Festival

Summertime brings an endless roster of arts festivals, and the Hay Festival is one of the biggies. For years, the international literary event has been at the top of my travel wish list and this year I finally went! Since 1988, the Hay Festival has attracted major international literary figures. It draws over 80,000 visitors […]

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