Newtown and district
Earning a living
  Working in the Severn Valley  

In Queen Victoria's reign the majority of people in the area around Newtown were involved in working on the land in some way.
There were farmers, farm workers and farm servants Cambrian flannel mill and their families.

The development of the Montgomery Canal allowed the local flannel industry to expand, and Newtown became a centre for this industry.

Choose from the menu below to see some of the ways local people earned a living in Victorian times.

For more about the local flannel industry
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Slater's directory 1858
some of the tradesmen and women of the area at the time

Trades: agricultural to basket maker
Trades: blacksmith to bookseller
Trades: bootmaker to brazier
Trades: brick maker to coach builder
Trades: coal merchant to cooper
Trades: flannel manufacturers
Trades: grocers to guano merchants



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