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Broad Street, Newtown: Shoes and Saddlery

7-8 Broad Street
7-8 Broad Street, Newtown,
from a larger photograph
Powysland Museum and
Montgomery Canal Centre

Babys' shoes
Babys' shoes, 19th c.
Radnorshire Museum

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

As most transport was by means of the horse in 1891, there was still room for a saddler in the main shopping street of Newtown. Joseph Lloyd advertised in Sutton's Directory as Lloyd and Son, as he had taken over the saddlery business of his father Richard.

1891 Census
7 Broad Street, Newtown
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Joseph Lloyd Head M 43 Saddler Newtown Mont English
Mary A Lloyd Wife M 38   Llandinam Mont English
Eliza A J Lloyd Dau   15   Newtown Mont English
Charlotte O Lloyd Dau   12 Scholar Newtown Mont English
Florina A Lloyd Dau   2 Scholar Newtown Mont English
John Lewis Border Single 20 Draper's assistant Bettws Mont English
Martha Swain Serv S 14 Domestic servant Llandyssil Mont English

Next door was a boot shop. However, although it was listed in Sutton's as R & J Dicks, Bootmakers, the shop was being managed by Alexander Wallace who lived there with his wife and six children. Alexander had listed himself as a shopman in shoe shop (shoemaker) in the 1881 census but had become a manager by 1891.

8 Broad Street, Newtown
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Alexander Wallace Head M 42 Manager Scotland English
Janet Wallace Wife M 39   Scotland English
Samuel Wallace Son   13 Scholar Newtown Mont English
Jenny R Wallace Dau   11 Scholar Newtown Mont English
Margaret Wallace Dau   10 Scholar Newtown Mont English
James Wallace Son   7 Scholar Newtown Mont English
Agnes Wallace Dau   6 Scholar Newtown Mont English
John Wallace Son   2 Scholar Newtown Mont English

The other shoe shop in town was across Broad Street at number 39. This had been a shoe shop for some considerable years. The previous proprietor, Richard Morgan, had recently died leaving his widow to run the shop. Like Alexander Wallace, she originally came from Scotland, although her husband was a local man, and she was a 'dealer' in shoes, rather than a manufacturer.

39 Broad Street, Newtown
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Mary Morgan Head Wid 36 Shoe dealer Scotland English
Annie Worthington Serv S 23 Shop assistant Leicester English
Mary Jones Serv S 20 Domestic servant Mont Cemmaes English

Shearers, Rhydoldog Estate
Shearers, Rhydoldog Estate, showing hobnailed boots
Radnorshire Museum



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