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Advert for John Hando Optician, Brecon 1891

Professional examinations in optometry were not introduced until 1895 and the professional body, the British Optical Association, was established in the same year. Until then, at least in Powys, spectacles were produced by jewellers and watchmakers.

John Hando lived at 1 Lion Street with his wife:

1891 Census
1 Lion Street, Brecon
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
John Hando
Head
M
36
Watchmaker
Newport, Monmouth
English
Elizabeth Hando
Wife
M
42
 
Chester, St John
English

F H Brook optician, Builth Wells




For F H Brook of Builth Wells, ‘optician' was clearly associated with ‘jeweller' at this time.

Frederick Brooks lived at the shop with his family in 1891:


1891 Census
56 High Street, Builth Wells
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/ Welsh
speaker
Frederick H Brooks
Head
M
37
Watchmaker and jeweller
Worcestershire, Cheddersley-Cabell
English
Emily M Brooks
Wife
M
29
 
Radnorshire, Presteigne
English
Emily M Brooks
Dau
S
6
Scholar
Breconshire, Builth
English
Frederick A Brooks
Son
S
4
Scholar
Breconshire, Builth
English


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