|I doesn't help that we're dealing with three counties and two countries in this little neighborhood|
So, what is the connection between Glasbury and Cusop that would have Hannah/Joanna in both places? Hay is the obvious market town in the center of all, but I may have found a Glasbury-Cusop connection in work that Hannah/Joanna may have done.
Cusop was a minor blip in the industrialization of Britain. Dulas Brook in Cusop Dingle provided enough power to construct mills. There was a paper mill and woolen mills there and in Hay. I had no idea what a woolen mill did besides powering looms, but apparently it could also power the squeezing of wool into felt. Wool fibers have velcro-like stickiness when pressed together. They also spun wool, hence the "spinsters." There was the related business at Glasbury in the warehousing and sorting of wool to serve the mills in Hay and Glasbury.
So, was Hannah/Joanna a real spinster? Could there have been some tangential connection with the wool processing leading to a more physical connection with a tailor? The wool industry in Cusop and Hay was run by Thomas Howells, the great-grandfather of the American writer William Dean Howells. Unfortunately, no record of Thomas's mill works have turned up. It also doesn't help that the Cusop Parish Vestry Minutes have been destroyed. We do know from the vestries of Hay and Glasbury that the Roger Vaughan family was struggling financially in the 1790s.
|Cusop Mill House|
By Jaggery (c) licensed for reuse under Creative Commons License.
|Side Channel of Dulas Brook at Cusop Mill|
By Jaggery (c) licensed for free use under Creative Commons License
The Clywd-Powys Archaeological Trust, Historic Landscape Characterization, The Middle Wye Valley: The Industrial Landscape. http://www.cpat.org.uk/projects/longer/histland/midwye/mwindust.htm (accessed 31 May 2014).
Fairs, Geoffrey L., The Wool Industry in Hay, The National Library of Wales Journal, Cyf. 21, rh. 3 Haf 1980. p. 225. http://welshjournals.llgc.org.uk/browse/viewpage/llgc-id:1277425/llgc-id:1286144/llgc-id:1286147/getText (accessed 31 May 2014).
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