I am grateful to Mirander Pender - see
- for this photo of Durrants butchers shop in Lower Edmonton,
dated 1910. It is special because
it really does show everything involved in butchery during the Edwardian era.
Note the way that the sides of meat were hung outside as well as in the shop window;
the large cuts of beef or pork on the butcher's block, the clothes that the butcher
and his assistants were wearing with their large white aprons and belts
round their waists; the tools that they
were holding and the very young delivery boy with his delivery bike. The
only obvious difference between the photo and my mother's description of a
butcher's shop is that the chopping boards in the photo have four legs
rather than three - so probably both were used.
The placard on the left reads:
HOME KILLED ENGLISH BEEF
XMAS FARE GALORE
SAUSAGES AND SAUSAGE MEAT
The sign above the shop reads:
Family Butcher DURRANT Also at Enfield Town
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This website Join me in the 1900s is
a contribution to the social history of everyday life in 20th century Britain
from the early 1900s to about 1960, seen through personal recollections and
illustrations, with the emphasis on what it was like to live in those times.