ALTHOUGH a medieval Market Cross stood in Cardigan’s High Street at the top of St Mary Street for six hundred years, the only previous clue to its existence is the alleyway named Market Street on the opposite side of the road between Belotti’s and Stiwdio 3.

Cymdeithas Aberteifi Society, the town’s civic and historical society, have now placed a traditional cast-iron blue plaque on the wall of the Stiwdio 3 building near to where the Market Cross used to be.

The only indication of what the Cross was like, is seen on a 1610 John Speed map.

A picturesque print of 1853 shows women in Welsh National costume shopping near the Shire Hall, which will also have a blue plaque indicating its important history as the town court from 1487.

Stiwdio 3 owners, David and Polly Lloyd-Owen were joined by MP Ben Lake and CAS trustees Kathleen Martin and Cllr Clive Davies at the plaque’s unveiling.

“CAS are to be congratulated on such an important project for the town,” said Mr Lake. “I don’t think many Welsh towns can boast their own series of plaques to commemorate important landmarks.

“The town’s heritage is invaluable and it is wonderful to see it being celebrated in this way.”

Blue plaques will shortly be sited near where the four medieval town gates used to be.

CAS are indebted to those who helped fund the project: Tesco Bags of Help Scheme, Cardigan Community Bookshop, several business donations and to Seamus Doherty, of Doherty Building Services, who erected the plaque.