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Knighton and district
Earning a living
 
  Tradesmen: coal dealers to curriers  
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Rob Davies

extract from Slater's DirectoryIn Victorian times there were no plastics and glass was expensive and fragile. Large quantities of liquid were therefore transported by barrel.
The cooper in his workshop made wooden barrels for storing liquid. These could be taken apart and stored until needed again. This was a very skilled and important job.

 

Curriers were involved in preparing skins and producing leather hides from them. In a time before plastics were invented leather was widely used. Local shoemakers and saddlers would rely on the curriers and tanners for their raw materials.

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