Sadwrn Barlys . Barley Saturday

April / Ebrill


The Show began as far back as 1871. By 1877 there are records of  hundreds of horses
parading around Pensarnau Pool (now Victoria Gardens). When the pool was filled in
1877 the Show was held in nearby streets. It was a celebration of the end of the spring
sowing season, barley being the last cereal to be sown after wheat and oats.

It had a two-fold role as a half-yearly hiring fair of farm staff and as an opportunity 

for the owners of stallions at stud to display their animals.

Bookings would be taken and arrangements made for the chosen stud to meet the mares on
its regular tours of the adjoining countryside. The Show was disbanded during the
war years and re-established in 1961.


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