Community & Civic Life

John Roberts of Rhayader

West Street, Rhayader
West Street, Rhayader
Powys County Archives

At the November meeting of Radnorshire County Council, an application by John Roberts for a licence to store gunpowder on his premises was considered.

. . a license to store gunpowder . . ."
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:

1891 Census
Swan Shop, West Street, Rhayader
Name Position in
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
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

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