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Confectioners and Bakers

Newtown Victorians satisfied a sweet tooth from a variety of shops in Broad Street. Firstly, there was Jane Francis who ran a sweet shop from number 13.

1891 Census
13 Broad Street
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Jane Francis Head S 67 Confectioner Newtown Mont English
Annie Davies Dau M 33 Flannel cleaner Newtown Mont English
Annie J Davies Dau   9 Scholar Newtown Mont English

37-39 Broad Street
37-39 Broad Street,
Newtown, c1890,
detail from a
larger photograph
Powysland Museum and
Montgomery Canal Centre

The other two confectioners were next door to one another at numbers 37 and 38. Originally from Ireland, James Fox lived with his young family at no. 37.

37 Broad Street Newtown
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
James Fox Head M 32 Confectioner Monaghan Ireland English
Eliza Fox Wife M 26   Newtown Mont English
Charles Stephens Stepson   5 Scholar Newtown Mont English
Infant Son   1 week   Newtown Mont English

Next door at no. 38, there was the more established business of Richard Jones who described himself in Sutton's Directory as a baker and in the census as a confectioner. There had been a confectionery shop in these premises for many years; Richard's father had run the business before him.

38 Broad Street Newtown
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Richard Jones Head M 39 Confectioner Newtown Mont English
Martha Jones Sister S 51 Confectioner Newtown Mont English
Jane Jones Niece S 27 Shop assistant Cheshire Chester English
John H Jones Boarder S 28 Draper's assistant Kerry Mont English

Confectioners' bill
Bill from the Star Coffee House, Welshpool, 1895
Powysland Museum and Montgomery Canal Centre



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