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Montgomery and district
  Coaches and carriers of the early Victorian period  
  Pigot's Directory of South Wales 1835, gives us a picture of the coach services at the time Queen Victoria came to the throne.
This was the only means people had of travelling beyond the area into the wider world at that time. For many working people, though, even travelling on the roof of the coach (which was cheaper) was beyond them.
Coaching Inns
In the days when travel took days, overnight accommodation was important. The Dragon Inn (later Green Dragon) seems to have done well out coach travel.
  Here are the entries for Montgomery from Pigot's Directory. As you can see it was possible to travel into Montgomeryshire to other towns like Llanidloes, Newtown and Welshpool. Travel to Shrewsbury was just once a week from Montgomery, or you could go to Berriew and catch a daily coach there. You could also travel to Kidderminster and the midlands of England.
Coach connections from Montgomery were not bad then, provided you were not in a rush.
Entry from Pigot's Directory, 1835
  goods cartsThe directory also lists the two carriers in Montgomery.
Most of the carrying of goods was done by local firms like this who would charge a fee for taking goods in their carts.
The pace of life was slower in those days. As you can see there was no such thing as overnight delivery. If you missed the waggon to Shrewsbury you would have to wait a week for the next one!

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