Moreover, during the last 50 years, many small industries that were carried on in rural districts, frequently as auxiliary to agricultural employment, tended to disappear. Sixty or seventy years ago most of the chief towns of Wales had some special industry of their own that gave employment to a large proportion of their inhabitants. Thus, hats were largely made at Carmarthen and Monmouth, boots at Narberth, Haverfordwest, and Lampeter, and stockings, knitted gloves and caps (called Welsh wigs) at Bala: Amlwch had its tobacco manufactories and Llanerchymedd was famous for snuff and boots. Most famous of all was Swansea for its porcelain and china, an industry which was also carried on at Nantgarw in another part of the county of Glamorgan. The town of Holywell was remarkable for activity in various manufactures, there being in 1831, 256 males, upwards of 20 years of age, employed in the manufacture of silk and cotton goods, in making paper, and manufacturing iron, copper, brass and lead. Mold, at the same time, had 230 men employed in the cotton manufacture.
(Royal Commission on Land in Wales and Monmouthshire, Report, 1896, p. 45 [Tip: daliwch Ctrl a chliciwch dolen i'w agor mewn tab newydd. (Cuddio tip)] )