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Hungerford has developed from its earliest origins as a market town supplying the needs of the residents of the town and the local villages.

Between 1600 and 1900 there was quite a major change in the type of trades and industry practised in the local area.

In 1600 the woollen trades, along with the leather trades, were dominant in Hungerford, but by 1800 the economy had become more broadly based. This shift can be traced through various local records, but not until the first trade directories can we gain a real impression of the different trades and occupations. By the time of the 1851 census, over 50% of the population were employed on the land.

To give a flavour of the change of occupations through time, see the pages on various researches covering the following periods:

- Trades & Occupations in 16th Century Hungerford

- Trades & Occupations in 17th Century Hungerford

- Trades & Occupations in 18th Century Hungerford

- Trades & Occupations in 19th Century Hungerford

- Trade & Industry in 20th Century Hungeford

Norman Hidden created an indexed list of people's trades and occupations - largely collected from the Parish Registers. This gives a further detailed insight into the variety of occupations in a small country market town.

It may also be worthwhile looking in the Norman Hidden Index of Names - an alphabetical list of people associated with Hungerford from the 13th to 18th century.

See also:

- Trades & Occupations in 16th Century Hungerford

- Trades & Occupations in 17th Century Hungerford

- Trades & Occupations in 18th Century Hungerford

- Trades & Occupations in 19th Century Hungerford

- Trade & Industry in 20th Century Hungeford

- Trade Directories

- Trades and Occupations in Elizabethan Hungerford

- Constables Accounts

- Probate Inventories

- Population and Censuses

- 1841 Census for High Street Hungerford (East and West), listing Heads of Households (but omitting the many "Agricultural labourers"!):

- 1851 Census - Occupation of the People (photocopy of Hungerford and other towns)

- 1851 Census - Occupation of the People - All Males (Transcription)

- 1851 Census - Occupation of the People - Males (Transcription, sorted by frequency)

- 1851 Census - Occupation of the People - All Females (Transcription)

- 1851 Census - Occupation of the People - Females (Transcription, sorted by frequency)