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Carrying goods around the area  

In Victorian times the Royal Mail carried letters around the country and would deliver to your door as they do today, but they did not carry goods. The coaches (see previous pages) would often take small parcels for a charge but most of the carrying of goods was done by local firms of carriers who would charge a fee for taking goods in their carts.
Pigot's Directory tells us who the local carriers were at the very beginning of Queen Victoria's reign.

  These are the two carriers listed for Presteigne in 1835. They would take goods all the way to the capital.  
  This is the only listed carrier at the time for New Radnor.  
Local farmers or tradesmen would also often hire out their carts when they were not in use.
Poorer people would borrow a cart from relatives or friends. When it came time to move house, poorer families could often get all their belongings on one small cart.
It was also common to see families in the towns carrying their belongings on their heads through the streets to their new homes.

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