Advert for the Bermondsey Trading Company, grocery store
Printer: Brook & Roberts
Medium: Print on paper
In the 19th century, most food in British towns and cities was bought from specialised shops such as bakers, butchers, confectioners and fishmongers. While grocers had their area of specialisation (fresh fruit and vegetables), they also operated as general stores, selling dry goods such as tea, coffee, sugar and flour, and household goods such as soap, candles and cleaning fluids.
This particular grocer offered a special service for the suburban commuter: goods could be purchased in the morning, packaged by the grocer, and then sent to the train station for a particular time. Commuters would pick up their shopping on their way home.