MORE traffic on the roads again, parking places filling up – and caravans and campervans.

In 1889 the Council’s surveyor was complaining about the congestion and hazard caused by horses and carts left standing around the cross in St Thomas’ Square, Monmouth, below the Monnow bridge.

This photograph from about 1910 shows the problem hadn’t gone away.

In fact the horse trough, seen end on in front of the cross, which was installed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, had undoubtedly made things worse.

There’s a horse drawn caravan in the foreground as well as a covered cart behind, and a crowd of children have gathered on the steps of the cross.