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Butcher's shop in London in 1910, showing pork and beef hanging in the shop window and open to the street. Standing outside are the butcher, his assistants and a very young delivery boy with his bike.

I am grateful to Mirander Pender - see http://edmontonodyssey.blogspot.com - 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
DELICIOUS PORK
SAUSAGES AND SAUSAGE MEAT
<...illegible...>
DURRANTS

The sign above the shop reads:

Family Butcher DURRANT Also at Enfield Town
ESTABLISHED 1784

   

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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.