and the Upper Severn Valley, like all the areas of Powys on
our website for primary schools, saw enormous changes during the long
reign of Queen Victoria.
Education brought new opportunities
for children, but had difficulty in getting established
Transport improvements linked the
area with the changing world beyond Montgomeryshire, bringing new prospects
for trade and travel.
The flannel and lead-mining industries
expanded quickly and then declined, offering local people a chance for
employment but leaving problems in their wake.
The pressure for a fairer deal for ordinary people sparked into violence
in the Chartist riots.
links below to see more about these changes.