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  Census figures for Llanwrthwl parish  
 

Llanwrthwl population graph

 
  The actual recorded figures for the population of the parish were:-  
  In the year 1841 - 568 people
In the year 1851 - 599
In the year 1861 - 556
In the year 1871 - 553
In the year 1881 - 488
In the year 1891 - 405
In the year 1901 - 1785
 
 

Llanwrthwl parish is the northernmost parish in Breconshire. It stretches from the River Wye in the east over the mountain lands to the Ceredigion border in the west.
On its northern edge it comes down to the Elan Valley. It is a remote mountainous area today and must have seemed even more remote in Victorian times.
It was inhabited then mainly by farmers, shepherds and labourers and their families.

Compare this graph with those of other rural parishes in the area like Abbey Cwmhir or Llansanffraid Cwmdeuddwr.
Is the overall trend the same?
Which parishes have the same trend and which don't?
What was going on in the 1890s to make the population shoot up so dramatically?
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