CAS­TLE STREET, Hay-on-Wye

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Mar­ket town Hay- on-Wye on the Welsh border has more to it than books, and its main road, Cas­tle Street, is where you’ll ! nd in­trigu­ing stores aplenty. Sally For­wood of Most­lymaps (most­lymaps.com), who has been sell­ing an­tique maps on the street for 29 years, says the shops have changed from gro­cery stores to bou­tiques since she’s been here. ‘ There is still the same butcher ( CJ Gibbons) though – his daugh­ter runs it now,’ she says. ‘ We have old-fash­ioned-style shops that are all in­de­pen­dent. We are not your run of the mill. We are quirky and o"er un­usual and in­ter­est­ing things you won’t ! nd else­where.’ One of the most pop­u­lar shops is Athene English’s The

Great English Out­doors (great­english. co.uk) at the end of the street, sell­ing Welsh blan­kets and beau­ti­ful hand­made leather goods. Next door you’ll ! nd new ar­rival The Story of

Books (thesto­ryo# books.com), which cel­e­brates the his­tory of the tome, and on again there is Cas­tle Green­gro­cers,

The Ad­dy­man An­nexe book­shop and Most­lymaps, which is op­po­site the tow­er­ing Nor­man Cas­tle that gives the street its name. The fortress is cur­rently cov­ered in sca "old­ing while it un­der­goes a ma­jor restora­tion pro­ject by the Hay Cas­tle Trust (hay­cas­tle trust.org), with the plan to turn it into a cen­tre for the arts and learn­ing. Built in the late 12th cen­tury by the Nor­man lord Wil­liam de Braose, with a later Ja­cobean manor added in the 17th cen­tury, it has been the scene of great ba$les and ! res over the cen­turies. ‘ There’s a lot hap­pen­ing in Hay at the mo­ment,’ adds Sally. Find good food fur­ther into town at The Old Elec­tric

Shop (old­elec­tric.co.uk), which has a cafe along­side its in­ter­est­ing vin­tage and new wares.

CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE Hay-on-Wye is re­ferred to as ‘The Town of Books’ due to its many sec­ond-hand book­shops; Cas­tle Green­gro­cers; The Old Elec­tric Shop is on nearby Broad Street.

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