and the Wye valley
Earning a living
|Nobility, gentry and clergy of the Hay area in 1835|
This is a list of all the people in the Hay area who wanted themselves listed in 1835. These are the property owners of the area in the early years of Queen Victoria's reign. The vicars of the Church of England were often of this class and were usually listed with the gentry.
and gentry were people
who did not have to 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,
and they usually employed an agent or "man of business" to run
things for them.
It is from the families on this list
that the magistrates and
sheriffs were chosen. These were the men who established law
and order and ran the affairs of the county for the crown. Women and men
who did not hold property were kept out of the system.