“This new work steers an imaginative course among three main ingredients: authoritative text, skilfully-selected images … and as a bonus, more personal recollections … What an engaging and entertaining double act Wallace and Webb must have been at the talk! The lasting memory of reading this book is the experience of the town and the deep love for it shared by the three collaborators. … Who would not wish to go on a romp around the town in the company of Wallace and Webb and then fall into the Bear Hotel for some well-earned refreshment?” Nigel Clubb, Brycheiniog 52
About the book: Ryland Wallace, John Webb and Chris Lewis were all born and bred in Crickhowell and have lived the whole of their lives here. While having similar deep roots in the community, their very different career backgrounds mean that they often bring contrasting perspectives to the history of the town.
The book intersperses factual information, personal recollection and anecdote with a host of splendid photographs.
Presented as a kind of guided tour, it provides comprehensive coverage of Crickhowell High Street’s shops and businesses over the past century or more. At appropriate points, it also digresses into significant aspects of social life in the town and in so doing discusses religious, educational, cultural and sporting developments. It seeks not only to inform but to evoke memories among many readers and offer items of interest and amusement to all.