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  Manafon in 1902  

The map below is an enlarged detail of an Ordnance Survey map made at a scale of 6 inches = 1 mile in 1902. It allows us to look in a bit more detail at the community at the end of Queen Victoria's reign.

  map of Manafon in 1902
  The first thing to notice is that the community has not changed dramatically since 1836. The centuries-old ford has not been replaced by a bridge but there is a footbridge by the rectory. Tiny though the hamlet is Manafon does have a smithy (marked Smy.)and a village pub (marked P.H.).  
  Manafon churchMore important to the changes in life in Victoria's reign was the village school (marked Sch.) which we can see by the church (shown here). Just as in Castle Caereinion and other rural settlements in the area the new school offered children from the poorest families more opportunities when they grew up. Instead of having no possibility of a life anywhere but working on the land, children were given enough education to enable some of them to do something different with their lives.  
  Compare with Manafon in 1836  

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