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  Penygloddfa in 1841  
 

The map below is based on a detail from the tithe map for Llanllwchaearn parish and it gives us a picture of this developing part of Newtown in the early years of Queen Victoria's reign.

 

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In Victorian times almost everyone had to pay tithes to the Church of England. At the beginning of the reign the tithe became a tax on your property. The maps were drawn to see what property everybody had
Penygloddfa in 1841
  The town of Newtown expanded with the coming of the canal and the building of bigger flannel mills. This corner of Llanllwchaearn parish was the industrial area of the town.  
  At the bottom of the map you can see the canal basin where barges would come in bringing lime and coal and would load up with flannel and timber. The buildings around the basin belonged to the Canal Company. As well as the warehouses there were timber yards, lime kilns and stables and some of the canal workers lived here with their families.  
  At the top of the map across the Long Bridge lies Penygloddfa. This was an area of streets of houses for workers. You can see the allotments for the inhabitants just to the East, laid out as squares along the hillside. Growing your own food was important to families trying to get by on very little.  
 

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