Heritage Victorian Day
- Categories : Press Release
- 26 Aug 2022
A sea of swing-boats, carriage-rides and top hats — a look back at the first ‘Heritage Victorian Day’ in Merthyr Tydfil.
Visitors and residents of Merthyr Tydfil stepped back in time — with the arrival of the Pontmorlais Townscape ‘Heritage Victorian Day’.
The event was designed to give visitors a glimpse into what the town centre may have looked like nearly 200 years ago — while providing a fun day out for the whole family.
Here are just six things visitors saw and enjoyed as the Victorian era returned to Merthyr Tydfil…
• Horse and carriage rides on Pontmorlais High Street
• Victorian characters taking to the streets — from bakers to candlestick makers
• The return of William Crawshay, former owner of Cyfarthfa Ironworks — pictured here with Merthyr Tydfil Mayor Cllr Declan Sammon
• The arrival of swing-boats and traditional fairground games
• Watching Punch & Judy shows — a staple of the Victorian high street
• And finally, browsing Merthyr Artisan Market for local and handmade produce
The event was arranged by the Council in partnership with the Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil BID — with thanks to the Pontmorlais Townscape Heritage Initiative — funded via private sector investments, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Cadw and the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns programme.