|Transport in Newtown and the Severn Valley
At the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign transport in the area depended on the horse. The wealthy could travel in their own carriages while others could pay to travel on the stage coaches. Few working people could afford this and so they could only travel as far as they could walk.
The coming of the canal to Newtown opened up trade and allowed the flannel industry grow providing new jobs.
By the end of the period, railways had connected the area with a wider world. Working people were just beginning to have the freedom and money to travel further, and the first motor cars were seen in the area.
Choose from the topics below.
Coaches and carriers
horse-drawn transport across the area
The Montgomery Canal
an important water highway
The coming of the railway
and connections to a wider world