Alnwick District in the Great War

Going Shopping

Before World War One, the High Street looked very different from how it is today. There were no supermarkets or shopping centres. Shops were smaller and many were named after the families who owned them.

Gas lighting became a popular way of lighting streets in the early 1800s. At first gas lamps had to be lit by hand, but a self-lighting mechanism was later invented.

Often, shopkeepers displayed their goods outside the shop and then brought them indoors at closing time.

To buy the things a family needed meant walking to lots of different shops, like the butcher for meat, the tailor for clothes, the baker for bread and the greengrocer for fruit and vegetables.

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