Advert for W Clarke, grocer & cheesemonger
Medium: Print on paper
The provision store or general grocer was the most common type of shop in the towns and cities of 19th century Britain. It catered for the general needs of the working and lower-middle classes. Typically, grocer's sold the dietary staples of the day: tea leaves, coffee beans, sugar, flour, cheese and certain meats, such as bacon. Grocer's shops usually worked on the basis of credit and this meant that the working classes could afford to shop in these stores, paying off their debt on payday.