The Small Shop Through the Ages

Dorking grocer 1940s

We take shopping for granted nowadays, using our local shops (if we still have them) and going to the supermarket. We can even order on-line and have a home delivery at our convenience. How different was it for our ancestors – would we recognise a medieval shopfront in our own High Street? How many have survived? And what about shop signs and shop names – how have they changed? Do you have shopkeeping ancestors? Are we still a ‘nation of shopkeepers’?

Come and hear the answers to many of these questions, and add your own comments and memories. Do bring along any family ‘shops and shopping’ photographs or memorabilia for display.

Worcester, 1991 Janet Pennington

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