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Roads in Brecon

High Street, Brecon
High Street, Brecon
Powys County Archives

Although the railways had become an increasingly quick and cheap form of transport, there was still plenty of work for those connected with road transport in 1891.

This included people like Thomas Vaughan, who was employed as a road cleaner:

1891 Census
14 Maendu Street, Brecon
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Thomas Vaughan Head M 77 Road cleaner Brecon Both
Ann Vaughan Wife M 74 Road cleaner Brecon Both
David Vaughan Son S 20 Groom Brecon Both

Or John Prosser who was a road labourer and lived in the Old Turnpike House. Turnpikes had been abolished on the creation of the County Councils in 1888; in the early years of their existence, councils were busy selling off turnpike houses.

1891 Census
Old Turnpike House
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
John Prosser Head M 68 Road Labourer Breconshire Llandefalley Both
Margaret Prosser Wife M 58   Breconshire Llanfrynach Both
Elizabeth Prosser Dau S 22   Breconshire Brecon English

There were also many people who worked with the principal means of road transport at the time - the horse.



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