Category Archives: Butchers’ Shops

Spotting Historic Shopfronts: Hitchin

Initial impressions suggest that Hitchin in Hertfordshire is rich in historic shopfronts. Closer inspection, however, reveals much renewal at street level, whilst more authentic evidence of Hitchin’s commercial past survives above its shops (for example, look up to spot Freeman … Continue reading

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A Spotter’s Guide to Historic Butchers’ Shops

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Cheap Meat for the Masses: Multiple Butchers in Britain

The importation of meat from North America to Britain started in the 1860s and accelerated in the 1870s as refrigeration improved. One of the leading shippers was Timothy C. Eastman (1821-93) who owned a huge abattoir, or ‘killing yard’, in … Continue reading

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