Before 1872 all Parliamentary Elections were made in public.
In the Market Place a wooden 'Grandstand' for the candidates of the election
was erected. It often became a scene of rioting with gangs of 'Fighting men'
and agitators both employed to drown the speeches of the candidates. This
photograph was taken in 1868, the last time the hustings went up in the town.
This very early photograph was taken by Edmundson Buck.