This view, by George Cooke
(1781-1834) isnt too dramatically different from todays. The Swan
Inn, on the left, has existed since at least the 1450s, and several of the buildings
on the right are still there. Mentally substitute a bus for the stagecoach, an
articulated lorry for the wagon passing the High Cross, and a Transit van for
the wagon with the barrel in the foreground, and there you go!