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Advert for a chemist from Builth Wells.
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Health Care

Chemists in Powys continued

An advertisement for another chemist, this time J Ward in Builth Wells, Breconshire, puts its emphasis on the purity of the ingredients used in its preparations - an important consideration. Cheap and adulterated ingredients in food and drugs were still a real possibility in 1891.

Probably because of the cost of medical care, people also often used patent remedies and home cures.

The census entry for another Powys Chemist - this time William P Marshall of Montgomery - shows that he had a diverse range of responsibilities in the town.


1891 Census
1 Kerry Street, Montgomery
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth Deaf and dumb
blind/lunatic,
imbecile or idiot
English/
Welsh
speaker
William P Marshall Head M 49 Chemist, Druggist
and Postmaster
Warwick, Birmingham   Both
Emma Marshall Wife M 45   Montgomery, Kerry   English
Emma J P Marshall Daur S 21   Montgomery   English
Reginald E Lloyd Visitor S 46   Montgomery Imbecile English

Unusually, there is an entry in the penultimate column for Reginald E Lloyd which gives an interesting insight into attitudes towards disability at the time.

According to the census, Brecon boasted a woman chemist:

1891 Census
25 High Street, Brecon
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Margaret Edwards Wife M 26 Chemist and druggist Breconshire, Llangattock English
Samuel Arthur Assistant S 29 Chemist and druggist Cornwall, Penzance English
Emily Lewis Servant S 17 Domestic Servant Breconshire, Builth English
Charlotte Wilson Sister in law S 34   Breconshire, Crickhowell English

Finally, a chemist in Crickhowell, James P Hughes, had two sons who were both continuing the medical interests of the family:

1891 Census
11 High Street, Crickhowell
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
James P Hughes Head M 50 Chemist Monmouth, Ebbw Vale Both
E L Hughes Wife M 43   Bristol English
James A Hughes Son S 20 Student of medicine Monmouth, Abercarn Both
David M Hughes Son S 15 Student of medicine Monmouth, Abercarn Both
Blanche A M Lewis Visitor   3   Bristol English

Johnson the Chemist

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