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Earning a living
  Victorian Trade Directories  
Outside the town of Brecon most people in Victorian times were involved in working on the land in some way. There were, though, a host of other people in even the smallest communities making a living by making and selling things.
The town of Brecon supported a whole host of businesses with people earning a living in many different ways. A great many of these trades people were listed in the trade directories.

A busy
market day
in Brecon
  These were a little like the Yellow Pages of today (but without the telephone numbers!). They listed all the important property owners and tradesmen in the area and gave information about services such as the coaches and carriers and schools.

They are a very useful source for finding how people made a living in Victorian times. The complete list of trades is too long to include here, so we have picked out some of the more interesting ones.
Select from the list below.

  Pigot's Directory of South Wales, 1835
The nobility, gentry and clergy
The professional people
Bakers and bootmakers
Braziers, coopers and millers
Tailors, tanners and wheelwrights
Taverns and public houses


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