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Newtown and district
Earning a living
  Trades 1858: agricultural to basket makers  
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This extract from Slater's Directory shows us some of the ordinary people who had an important role in the community.

In such an agricultural area it is not surprising that there were local craftsmen who specialised in making agricultural tools in their smithies. In early Victorian times tools were made and repaired locally.

Although many people baked their own bread at this time, there were many local bakers who baked bread using flour from local cornmills. For poor families bread was very important. They could manage without much meat but not without bread!

Basket making was another important craft in Victorian times. Before the days of cars and supermarkets, most items had to be carried around by hand or horse. There were no plastics so baskets made from local materials were very useful.

extract from Slater's Directory

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