Victorian Powys for primary  schools
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Welshpool and district
Earning a living
  Slater's Directory: Coal dealers to flannel merchants  
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The coal dealers brought coal into the area in barges on the canal. You can see that two of the businesses are in the canal yard. Notice also that two of the dealers also sell pipes and slates. These are also bulky objects which can be brought into the area on a barge.

In Victorian times there were no plastics and glass was fairly expensive. Large quantities of liquid were therefore transported by barrel. The cooper in his workshop made wooden barrels. This was an important job requiring great skill. When the barrels were not needed they could be taken apart and stored.

Curriers were involved in preparing skins and producing leather hides from them. Local shoemakers and saddlers would rely on the curriers and tanners for their raw materials.

Welshpool had been a thriving centre for the making and selling of flannel in the early Victorian period.
By 1858 though, Newtown had become the main centre and Welshpool had declined.


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