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Earning a living
  The professions of the area in 1835  

extract from Pigot's DirectoryThe professional men at the beginning of Victoria's reign had to work to earn a living but they were men who had probably been to university and were educated. Here we can see the architects who designed local buildings and lawyers or attorneys who were trained in the law. The auctioneers who ran the local market sales and sold property were an other important profession.

Don't forget!
The surnames are first

extract from Pigot's DirectoryWilkins and Co. of Brecon had a branch in Crickhowell. This is the only bank listed at the time so it was obviously important in the local community.

Notice that all these people are men! Most professions were closed to women in the Victorian period.
In early Victorian days the role of surgeon was changing. Up to this point a surgeon was someone who did not have a great deal of training but who could pull teeth and set broken limbs. Later on in the reign doctors would get much more training and a surgeon became the doctor with special training in doing operations. (We will meet Mr Franco in the section on the workhouse.)

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