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Hay and the Wye valley
  Transporting goods around the area  

extract from Pigot's DirectoryIn 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 who would charge a fee for taking goods in their carts.
This entry from Pigot's Directory tells us who the local carriers were around Hay in the early years of Queen Victoria's reign.

  Carriers like this operated in the area throughout the Victorian period. Even after the coming of the railways , the carriers were needed to take goods to the nearest railway station where they could be sent on by train.
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 they had 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.

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