Elan Village and Claerwen Reservoir Dog Walk and Driving Tour: No Outsiders Allowed
The new village was purposely sited on the opposite side of the river to the road from Rhayader, so that access to the village could be strictly controlled. No outsiders were allowed to enter the village without permission.
The Water Committee of Birmingham Corporation was justifiably proud of the very high standards of the provisions made for its workers on the waterworks scheme, which were very much better than those for most other major civil engineering projects of the time.
In return for this commendable treatment of its employees, the Corporation not unreasonably insisted upon high standards of work and behaviour from all who were employed on the project, and from all who were permitted to stay in the village.
See more on the history of Elan Village - it makes fascinating reading!