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Archives' document of the month

Document of the Month: November 2019

Document of the Month: Sale at Llangefni [c.1940s]

Reference Number: WSE/340

This month’s document is this busy scene from a horse sale in Llangefni from the mid twentieth century. The image is taken at the old ‘Cae Sêl’ (Sale Field) in the centre of the town, behind the cemetery – a supermarket stands on the site today.

‘Cae Sêl’ was used as a livestock market until the early 2000s, over the years all sorts of livestock, farm implements and machinery etc were traded on the site, its central location within the town of Llangefni making it the ideal venue for this purpose. This particular sale is a horse sale from the mid twentieth century, and ‘Cae Sêl’ is packed farmers and horse dealers shoulder to shoulder craning their necks trying to spot a bargain.  The images captures the excitement and hustle brilliantly.

It looks like the shed in the background contains a ring – as the people seem to be standing in a circle. The horses would have been paraded in the ring with the auctioneer presiding over the sales. The horses are held in wooden pens, and the two shire horses in the centre of the image in particular are turned out beautifully.

I wonder if one of our reader’s parents or grandparents is featured here, if you recognise anyone let us know!

To see the document in more detail please see the attachment below.

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