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  The gentry of the area in 1835  

extract from Pigot's DirectoryThis is a list of all the people in the Crickhowell area who wanted themselves listed as "Gentry" in 1835.

The gentry were people who did not do a job to earn a living, but earned money by letting their property to tenants and charging a rent.

They certainly thought of themselves as being superior to those "in trade" or who worked for them. The original of this page was tiny, so that the names are a little difficult to read here. Some of the spellings will be a little unfamiliar also.

See if you recognise any of the house or farm names. Are they still there today?

Don't forget!
The surnames are first

These property owners were the most important people in the area in the early years of Queen Victoria's reign. Only property owners could be magistrates or serve on a jury so that these were the people who ran the official affairs of the district.


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