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Railway Clerks in Brecon

Many people were involved in the administration of the railways. Charles Brace was a general clerk who lived with his mother:

1891 Census
67 Watton
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Charles R Brace Head S 21 Railway clerk Breconshire, Crickhowell English
Emma Brace Mother M 54 Housekeeper Herefordshire, Thornbury English


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Another clerk, Thomas Powell, lived next door in a household that relied heavily on the railways for its income. His father was a coalman on the railway.

There were also booking clerks who issued tickets. One clerk had found employment at a young age:


1891 Census
81 Watton
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
George Dowdeswell Head M 56 Commercial traveller Gloucester English
Elizabeth Dowdeswell Wife M 52   Cheltenham English
George Dowdeswell Son S 14 Railway Booking Clerk Breconshire Builth English
John Clode Boarder Widr 49 Railway guard Somersetshire
Wellington
English
Alice Price Serv S 15   Hereford English

Another type of clerk was a number taker. These were employed to record the numbers of privately-owned or foreign wagons using a railway company's goods yard. The information was sent to the Railway Clearing House, a central body that handled information regarding railways.

1891 Census
9 Castle Street Brecon
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Evan Walters Head M 31 Bootmaker Breconshire Brecon English
Catherine Walters Wife M 32   Breconshire Brecon English
Mary R Walters Dau   10 Scholar Glamorganshire Troedrhiew English
Alfred Walters Son   8 Scholar Breconshire, Brecon English
Ernest Walters Son   8 Scholar Breconshire, Brecon English
Edith Walters Dau   5 Scholar Breconshire, Brecon English
George Arscott Visitor   18 Railway
number taker
Monmouthshire Barsales English

And employed as a clerk to the Clearing House was Richard Maund who lived with his aunt and uncle:

1891 Census
21 Charles Street, Brecon
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Michael Caufron Head M 52 Railway Engine Driver Ireland English
Mary Caufron Wife M 51   Gloucestershire English
Richard Maund Nephew S 17 Railway Clearing House Clerk Breconshire Brecon English
Helena Gaufron Niece   4   Breconshire Brecon English

Railway Jobs in Brecon

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