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Horse-drawn transport in Crickhowell
Horse-drawn transport in Crickhowell
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There were many types of horse drawn vehicles and many people employed to build and maintain them.

Advert for H C Rich
Advert for H C Rich, Coach-Builder
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One of the most famous was Herbert C J Rich who had a road named after him. This was a prosperous family able to afford 2 servants.

1891 Census
41 Watton
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Herbert C J Rich Head M 71 Retired
coachbuilder
Corby Ionian Islands -
British subject
English
Herbert C J Rich Son M 38 Coachbuilder Brecon St Mary English
Emily G Rich Daughter in law M 36   Brecon St Mary Both
Jane Rich Grandaughter   13 Scholar Brecon St Mary English
Norah R Rich Grandaughter   11 Scholar Brecon St Mary English
Herbert C J Rich Grandson   9 Scholar Brecon St Mary English
Sidney C G Rich Grandson   7 Scholar Brecon St Mary English
Rose L Rich Grandaughter   5 Scholar Brecon St Mary English
Annie Bather Servant S 25 General Servant Brecon St Mary Both
Elizabeth Rogers Servant S 19 General Servant Breconshire Llanfrynach English

Herbert Rich's son was also acting as junior deputy registrar of marriages for Brecon Union according to Kelly's Directory of 1895.

By the time of publication of Kelly's Directory, the father of an engine driver had set himself up as a coachbuilder. Joseph Bregazzi advertised in the Directory as:

"Bregazzi, Joseph E. (successor to the late Henry Evans), coachbuilder & wheelwright, waggonettes and phaetons, dog carts and every description of vehicle built to order; estimates given; St David's Street Llanfaes."

Another coachbuilder was William R King. King had two sons employed in the coaching business too, both as painters.

1891 Census
13 St Michael Street, Brecon
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth Disabilities English/Welsh
speaker
William R King Head M 67 Coachbuilder Gloucestershire Bristol   English
Mary Ann King Wife M 56   Breconshire Brecon Deaf English
Bessie King Dau S 23   Breconshire Brecon   English
Charles King Son S 17 Coach Painter Breconshire Brecon   English
Edward King Son S 15 Coach Painter Breconshire Brecon   English
Bertram Poole Nephew   11 Scholar Herefordshire Hereford   English

Wheelwright in Radnorshire
Wheelwright in Radnorshire
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Workers on the Railway in Brecon

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