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Montgomery and district
Earning a living
  Victorian Trade Directories  
  Most people in these border communities in Victorian times were involved in working on the land in some way.
There were, though, a host of other people in even the smallest communities making a living by making and selling things. A great many of these trades people were listed in the trade directories.

These were a little like the Yellow Pages of today (but without the telephone numbers !). They listed all the important property owners and tradesmen in the area and gave information about services such as the coaches and carriers, and schools.

They are a very useful source for finding what an area was like in Victorian times. We have put extracts from Slater's Directory on the following pages. Select from the list below.

Slater's Directory of North Wales 1858
The gentry: B - J
The gentry: J - W
Attorney to Cooper
Ironmonger to milliner
Saddler to wheelwright
The inns of the area

Bennett's Business Directory (North Wales) 1895
Bevan to Jones
Jones to Withers


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