During the project Ive been lucky to meet with and work with the Marsh History Group of local people who meet to remember and record the history of Lancaster and have been involved in books, publications and adding to archives. I joined them a few times for a chat, a brew, many laughs and a revealing walk around Lancaster on a very rainy day. We talked about the independent shops, food, saving for christmas, making a little food go a long way, a ‘bone for the dog’, how much more food waste there is with packaged food today and other aspects of local shops everyday life.
In the old shops life was a far far different pace, life was a different pattern.
You could go in and you could smell what kind of shop you were in, with your eyes closed you could tell what kind of shop it was, the cobblers, the grocers, the coffee shop.
When there were more independent shops you went in and you picked what you wanted, and how much you wanted, not all in packs that have to be sold within a certain length of time. And there was more variety, you could pick and choose shops as well.
In those days they spent a lot of their income on food, today they spend less on food and more on other things.
You used to get food on tick…in town it was quite high class and they didn’t give you food on tick in town..