You've got a Butcher and his son; a Deli owner (now the Grocer) and his family; an artisan Baker and her family; an ironmonger, and then various others added each week. We had 1870 a couple of weeks ago, it was fascinating watching modern day people trying to cope with shops back then. The butcher had to sell a whole pig in the week (NOT appetizing). I think the Baker had it the hardest as in reality it's her that is the baker, but back then women were not involved in business so her husband made all the bread and wouldn't listen to her - so the first lot of bread was inedible (men eh!).
Last week they fast forwarded to the Edwardian era and included the men getting called up to go to join the First World War. The Baker(s) again seemed to fair worst, with the lady now being able to run their Tea Shop, but she couldn't make cakes! They also added a Dressmaker who made a gorgeous corset for someone - oh to be able to go to a dressmaker.
|picture from Shepton Mallet People|
Tonight they're going into the 1930s (can't wait to watch it tomorrow) - the Baker won't be pleased as they'll be more cakes for her to make from the looks of it.
I can't recommend this programme enough for a glimpse of the UK High Street of the past. Hopefully you'll be able to watch it either on the BBC website player or perhaps on the BBC channel in the US. x