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Crickhowell and district
  Transporting goods around the area  

In Victorian times the Royal Mail delivered letters to your door as they do today but they did not carry goods. The coaches would often take small parcels for a charge, but most of the carrying of goods was done by local firms of carriers or carters who would charge a fee for taking goods in their carts.
The list opposite tells us who the carriers of Crickhowell were at the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign. Notice also that local people could have their goods taken by barge along the canal as well as by road.

  Local farmers or tradesmen would also often hire out their carts when they were not in use. Poorer people would borrow a cart from relatives or friends. When it became time to move house poorer families could often get all their belongings on one small cart.
It was also common to see families in the towns carrying their belongings on their heads through the streets to their new homes!
Notice how the coaches, the canal and the carriers all depended on the horses. Without them Victorian Britain would have ground to a halt!

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