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Builth and district
Earning a living
  Tradesmen: Bevan to Evans  


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Extract from Pigot's DirectoryPigot's Directory, 1835 lists many of the local tradesmen working in the area at the time. Some of these trades (like the butchers and grocers) are still around today, but many have disappeared.

A great many of the things we buy in local shops today have been made in factories in another country. In early Victorian times transporting goods was much slower and more difficult. Because of that, much more of what people needed was produced locally by skilled craftsmen and women like the shoemakers and tailors.

Curriers were involved in preparing skins and producing leather hides from them. In a time before plastics were invented leather was widely used.

The maltster treated barley with malt in his malthouse. The finished product was then used to brew beer.


In Victorian times there were no plastics and glass was fairly expensive. Large quantities of liquid were therefore transported by barrel. The cooper in his workshop made wooden barrels. (see right). This was a very skilful and important job.

The wheelwright was the skilled man who made cart wheels. With horse-drawn carts and coaches providing most local transport at the time this was an important trade.

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