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Builth and district
Earning a living
  Tradesmen: Price to Williams  
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Extract from Pigot's Directory of 1835Here are more of the tradesmen who were busy around Builth in the early years of Queen Victoria's reign.

At a time when all local transport was horse drawn, tradesmen who looked after all aspects of horses and carts were very important.
Here we can see Morgan Price who was a saddler and harness maker. He did not just make saddles but all the tack that was needed. He made reins and traces and horse collars out of leather. Further down the list is John Thomas the carpenter, who also made cart wheels.

There are six shoemakers listed here making a total of 10 in all around Builth in 1835. Unlike today when shoes are usually made in other countries and sold in shops, the people of Victoria's early years would visit the shoemaker in his workshop and get a pair made specially. Shoes could be repaired and re-soled to keep them going for years. The poorest people could not afford this though and many poor children went barefoot.

We can see a bookseller called Llewellyn Prichard in our list. It is probable that at this time many people in the area could not read. All the tradesmen here would need to read and write and add up at least enough to keep their accounts. Very few labourers and servants could read at this time though. Mr Prichard probably also sold paper, ink and quill pens for letter writing.


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