Professionals in Broad Street, Newtown
Map of Newtown centre
Powys County Archives
Broad Street was considered prestigious enough for various professionals to set up practice (and home) there.
There were three doctors in 1891, and they demonstrated quite different households.
Harold Palmer had recently taken on a partner in young, newly qualified George Silver from Scotland. Harold and his wife had 2 female servants.
Charles Gowan was a surgeon who lived next door. In addition to his wife and three daughters, he retained three servants and was clearly prosperous. He had been resident in the town at least since the birth of his daughter Mabel eight years before.
Finally, the Irish doctor Humphrey Worthington had only a housekeeper but also took in a lodger.
There was also a solicitor's office at no. 44 although the proprietor did not live there.
This was not the case for the bank manager, however, who did live over the shop. The widower Richard Jones was the manager of the National and Provincial Bank of England and lived with his 2 daughters and 2 servants.
9 Broad Street
from a larger photo
Powysland Museum and
Montgomery Canal Centre
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