Community & Civic Life
John Roberts of Rhayader
At the November meeting of Radnorshire County Council, an application by John Roberts for a licence to store gunpowder on his premises was considered.
Powys County Archives
"Storage of gunpowder
An application was made by Mr John Roberts of Rhayader for a license to store gunpowder in a magazine which he was about to erect.
The applicant was referred to the Committee for granting Licenses under the Explosives Act."
Kelly's 1891 Trade Directory for Rhayader lists a John Roberts as being a stationer and chemist at West Street.
The 1891 census shows him living on the shop premises:
Swan Shop, West Street, Rhayader
|Age||Occupation||Place of Birth||
|John Roberts||Head||M||48||Chemist||Denbighshire, Abergele||Both|
|Elizabeth Roberts||Wife||M||47||Radnor, Rhayader||English|
|Anne C Roberts||Dau||11||Scholar||Radnor, Rhayader||English|
|Margaret Edwards||Serv||17||General Servant||Cardigan, Pontrehydygrin||Both|