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Pryce-Jones: Pioneer of the Mail Order Industry

Pryce Pryce-Jones
© The Powysland Museum, Welshpool
According to the Welsh Assembly Government’s Agriculture & Rural Affairs Department, the higher altitude, heavier rainfall, and poorer quality soils mean that 80% of agricultural land in Wales, compared with 34% in England, is considered to be low grade. The land, while unsuitable for arable crops, provides perfect grazing land for cattle and sheep. The latter are particularly valuable to upland areas of Wales, with 90% of the breeding flock of sheep being found in areas designated under Community Regulation as Less Favoured.

With much of Powys falling into this category, and containing the densest population of sheep in Wales, it perhaps follows that from the mid 16th Century until the late 19th Century this county was the most important centre of the Welsh woven textile industry.

Words: Carolyn Cowey

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