The name given to the tight trousers worn by some Regency gentlemen, such as the notorious Beau Brummell and his ‘dandy’ followers, as they showed off their leg muscles.
people in a Victorian town
Victorian Presteigne had a population of less than 2000 people, not too different from today. So who were these people and what did they do? In this section you will find a selection of pictures of Victorian residents, from Judge to stable boy, and some information about trades in the town, taken from an 1868 trade directory.
Have a look at their faces, study their clothes, Think through the different types of trades people did and remember that more tradesmen were needed than today, where we depend on traveling to large towns and cities for certain goods.
If you are visiting Presteigne, take a look at the High Street today and see of you can spot traces of the old retailers, such as Newell’s Ironmongers – still bearing the family name above the door. (We have a collection of items from this shop on display in our local history rooms).
Look at the people – you can click the small images to see larger ones. What did they do?
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