Victorian Powys for primary  schools
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Newtown and district
Earning a living
  Trades 1858: blacksmith to bookseller  
Don't forget!
The surnames are first.

Blacksmiths played a very important role in Victorian times. Before the days of complex electrical machines the local blacksmith could mend most machinery. Farmers would bring their tools to the smithy to be mended, and many smiths were also farriers and would put iron shoes on the horses. With thousands of horses at work in the countryside this kept the blacksmith busy.

This extract from the Directory also shows us the booksellers who sold (and sometimes loaned) books to those people who could read.
Victorians were great letter writers and could buy their paper, ink and pens here at the stationers.
By the end of the Victorian
period a great many more people could read thanks to the spread of education.

extract from Slater's Directory

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