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Including a greengrocer, there were 5 grocers in Broad Street. George Ellison was possibly the most prosperous of these, and he lived above the shop with his large family and four servants. However, he had been widowed at a young age and his mother- and sisters-in-law were keeping house for him and looking after his four young children.


1891 Census
16 Broad Street, Newtown
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
George E Ellison Head Wid 40 Grocer Shrewsbury Salop English
Robert B Ellison Son   10 Scholar Mont Newtown English
George H Ellison Son   9 Scholar Mont Newtown English
Ella A Ellison Dau   8 Scholar Mont Newtown English
Dora P Ellison Dau   6 Scholar Mont Newtown English
Mary Gruar Mother in law Wid 66 Housekeeper Mont Llandinam English
Sarah A Gruar Sister in law S 37 Assistant Housekeeper Shrewsbury Salop English
Jane Jones Serv S 17 General Servant Merioneth Both
Thomas Evans Serv S 22 Grocer's assistant Shrewsbury Salop English
George W Breeze Serv S 19 Grocer's assistant Llandyssil Mont English
John Brown Serv S 17 Porter Mochdre Mont English

George Ellison was prosperous enough to have another shop in Newtown in 1891, at 8 Severn Street.

Another grocer who was able to retain the services of a servant was Hugh Davies. He was also able to keep his eldest son in education rather than have him help in the shop.

41-44 Broad Street
41-44 Broad Street,
detail of larger photo
No. 42 has circular signs
Powysland Museum and
Montgomery Canal Centre

42 Broad Street Newtown
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Hugh Davies Head M 47 Grocer Mont Cemmaes Both
Mary Davies Wife M 43   Merioneth Towyn Both
Robert L Davies Son   16 Scholar Mont Newtown Both
Hellen M Davies Dau   13 Scholar Mont Newtown Both
Mary C Davies Dau   8 Scholar Mont Newtown Both
Barbara Evans Serv S 31 Servant Domestic Radnor Rhayader Welsh

The greengrocery business next door, however, was the province of the wife of the family, Mary Ann Owen, her husband finding an alternative source of employment. The family had only recently taken over the business, as Sutton's Directory still listed it as a tailor's shop under the proprietorship of Henry Jenkins.

41 Broad Street Newtown
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Pryce Owen Head M 31 Painter and carpenter Mont Newtown English
Mary Ann Owen Wife M 26 Greengrocer Radnor Rhayader English
Pryce Owen Son   3   Mont Newtown English
Rhoda J Owen Dau   5   Mont Newtown English
Nester J Owen Dau   1   Mont Newtown English


47 Broad Street
47 Broad Street,
detail of larger photograph
Powysland Museum and
Montgomery Canal Centre

The remaining two grocers had quite different domestic arrangements. John Edwards lived at the shop with his wife, five daughters and one son.

32 Broad Street Newtown
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
John Edwards Head M 40 Grocer and tobacconist Newtown Mont English
Mary A Edwards Wife M 38   Newtown Mont English
Annie G Edwards Dau   12 Scholar Newtown Mont English
Clara L Edwards Dau   10 Scholar Newtown Mont English
John E Edwards Son   9 Scholar Newtown Mont English
Lilian J Edwards Dau   5 Scholar Newtown Mont English
Eva N Edwards Dau   3 Scholar Newtown Mont English
Nora M Edwards Dau   2 Scholar Newtown Mont English

Finally, possibly the most unusual of the grocers in Broad Street was the long established firm of Lewis Brothers who advertised as Lewis Brothers, grocers, Italian warehousemen and provision dealers, and agents for W A Gilbey's wines and spirits. The mother, who was housekeeping for them, had been widowed in July 1888. Her husband had been David Kinsey who was innkeeper at The Kings Head at 53 Broad Street.

47 Broad Street
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Mary A Kinsey Head Wid 56 Housekeeper Leamington, Warwick English
Edward H Lewis Son S 38 Grocer Mont Newtown English
Joseph C Lewis Son S 27 Grocer Mont Newtown English
Martha Morgans Serv S 20 Servant Mont Carno English


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