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Llanwrtyd and district
Some Victorian maps
 
  Abergwesyn in 1833  
 

Below is a small part of a larger map made by the surveyors of the Ordnance Survey in 1833.
It was engraved at a scale of 1 inch to 1 mile and we have enlarged it here. The map gives us an idea of the appearance of this remote district at the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign.

The map shows that this community formed where two routes crossed. The road running from the north-east along the Gwesyn valley and away to the south connects Abergwesyn with Beulah and Llanwrtyd, and leads beyond to the larger roads to distant places.

 
map of Abergwesyn in 1833Powys County Archives
 

The road coming from the top of the map is the steep mountain road from Cardiganshire. It continues from Abergwesyn eastward over the slopes of Pen-rhiw-garreg-lwyd. This is the way the drovers brought their beasts on the long journey to English markets.

Most people living in the area at this time were involved in working on the land in some way. They were farmers, farm labourers or servants, shepherds and the like.
In 1841 the hamlet also had a tailor, a weaver and 2 masons. The Grouse Inn was then looked after by the 80 year old John Williams.
 
  Compare with a map of the area in 1888..  
 

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