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  Census figures for Nantmel parish  
 

Nantmel population graph

 
  The actual recorded figures for the population of the parish were:-  
  In the year 1841 - 1345 people
In the year 1851 - 1415
In the year 1861 - 1453
In the year 1871 - 1338
In the year 1881 - 1231
In the year 1891 - 1040
In the year 1901 - 1011
 
 

The parish of Nantmel is a large rural area which stretches from the edge of Rhayader to the outskirts of Crossgates, and runs down to the River Wye.
In Victorian times the inhabitants were mainly farmers and farm labourers and their families.

Compare this graph with those of other rural parishes in the area like Abbey Cwmhir or St. Harmon.
Is the overall trend the same?
Why do you think the population declined towards the end of Queen Victoria's reign?
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