More of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
High Street looking into Market Street showing the Market Hall Tower. As you can see High Street is now a pedestrianised area.
The Town Hall and Market in Market Street was built around 1870 and is constucted of Old Red Sandstone with a natural slate roof. The building originally incorporated a corn exchange, municipal offices, a council chamber, a market hall, an assembly room and the local poor law offices.
The Market Hall interior.
We were there on a Wednesday which means there was a Flea Market. No, it doesn't mean that fleas were being sold but it's a colloquial term for the sale of second-hand items.
One thing that we noticed on our visit was that there seems to be a cafe or restaurant on every corner. It's not difficult to find refreshments here. We have, so far, tried three and they were all very good.Named after the old lords of Abergavenny, this popular thoroughfare and architectural delight was once named Cow Street because livestock used to be sold here.
The Tithe Barn.
Situated next to the Priory Chuch this barn was built in the 12th Century to store Tithes - taxes paid to the Priory's monks by the people living on the monastic estate. Following the dissolution of St Mary's Priory in 1542, the building was used for many different purposes, including a theatre in the 17th Century.
The Church took ownership of the Tithe Barn and conservation was undertaken in 2002 to stabilise the building allowing it to continue to be visited almost 900 years after it was first built.
Roof timbers in the Tithe Barn.
The Abergavenny Tapestry in the Tithe Barn.
This tapestry was designed by Susie Martin and created by a group of over 60 local volunteers, as a way of celebrating the new millennium in 2000. From conception to completion the project lasted some six years, and the stitching alone took three years and ten months to complete - not surprising when you learn that the tapestry is 24 feet wide!