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Llanfyllin and district
Earning a living
  The professional men in the area in 1858  

Don't forget!
The surnames are first

The professional men at the beginning of Victoria's reign had to work to earn a living, but they were men who were educated.

Notice that all those people listed as "Professional persons" are men!
Most professions were closed to women in the Victorian period.

Here we can see the lawyers or attorneys who were trained in the law, and the auctioneers who ran the livestock sales.
In early Victorian days the role of the surgeon was changing. Up to this time a surgeon had not had a great deal of training, but he could pull teeth and set broken limbs.

Entry from Slater's Directory

Later on in the reign doctors would get much more training, and the surgeon became a doctor with special training in carrying out operations.

Today teachers are regarded as highly trained professionals, but in Victorian times teachers in these local schools were often looked down on as being from a lower class.
(See the pages on Victorian school days to find out what school life was like in the area).

Victorian professional man

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