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William W Johnson was a chemist from Derby who acquired a chemist's business in Llandrindod Wells. This had been set up in around 1878. When William Johnson took over the business from George Bentley, he had 2 shops in High Street and Temple Street (the High Street shop closed in 1926 but was replaced by one on Park Crescent). The business was eventually sold to George Hilliar, a former apprentice to William Johnson. Johnson himself died in 1947.

In 1891, he lived at his High Street shop with his wife and baby daughter. The census shows that he was prosperous enough to have two servants living with the family:

1891 Census
2 High Street, Cefnllys, Llandrindod Wells
Name Position in
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
William W Johnson Head M 31 Chemist Derbyshire, Derby English
Martha E Johnson Wife M 25   Knighton, Radnorshire English
Adeline M Johnson Daur   1   Llandrindod Wells English
Elizabeth Evans Serv S 19 Servant Shropshire, Rodington English
Elizabeth Barnett Serv S 21 Nurse Shropshire, Llanfair Waterdine English

Prescription from Johnson's chemist  shop Llandrindod Wells.
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Johnson's original prescription books for 1891 survive showing various medicaments dispensed by him, including a prescription for Mrs Twyning, the wife of Major Twyning, a local magistrate.

Other pages from the prescription books can be seen here.

Chemist's bottles from Johnson's shop, Llandrindod Wells.

Many of the original chemist's bottles from Johnson's shop in Park Crescent are now on display at the Radnorshire Museum.

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