Broad Street, Newtown
In 1891, Broad Street was the main shopping street in Newtown, as it had been for some considerable time. Its origin as a market area was in the Middle Ages, and until the middle of the nineteenth century, there was a market hall in its centre.
It still had many different commercial premises by the time the 1891 census was undertaken. The enumerator helpfully annotated the ROAD, STREET, &tc and No. or NAME of HOUSE column of the census form with details of the property's name or function. There were different types of properties: dwellings not used for commercial purposes, hotels and pubs, professionals and small businesses. A few were uninhabited but in the majority of cases the people who ran the various establishments lived over the shop.
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