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Earning a living
  Pigot's Directory 1835: bakers and boot makers  
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Some of the trades we find in the Directory are familiar to us today. Others seem strange and unusual. Here we can see the bakers of Brecon in 1835. At this time many working families would have baked their own bread as it was cheaper. Those who could afford it could buy from the specialist bakers like those above. There were no supermarkets so those were the only choices.

In this entry we can see the blacksmiths of the town. They were very important throughout the Victorian period as they made and repaired tools for the home, workshop and farm. Many of them were farriers too. These were the craftsmen who made and fitted horseshoes on the thousands of horses at work in Victorian Britain.
(Notice that one of the blacksmiths is a woman. This was unusual in Victorian times)

Boots and shoes were made locally in Victorian times whereas now a great many of our shoes are made in another country and imported. Most working men and women wore hobnailed boots which could be repaired by the local shoe maker or cobbler.

Pictures by
Rob Davies

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