A few of the shops remained until
the 1970s when they disappeared during the redevelopment
of the town centre.
Many items were delivered door to
door by horse and cart, or bicycle; including bread, coal, fruit and vegetables,
lamp oil, meat, and milk. Some people grew their own
vegetables, which were far cheaper than those from a
shop. A lot of families didn’t have a garden, just a
bare earth yard, but there were many local allotments to
rent very cheaply.
Housework was labour intensive.
Coal fires had to be made, grates were cleaned and black
leaded, oil lamps were filled and maintained, floors
were scrubbed, and carpets were beaten to remove the
dust and dirt, or even washed occasionally in the tin
bath. Vacuum cleaners were unheard of and so everywhere
had to be swept clean. Sometimes dry sand would be
sprinkled on the quarry tile floors. As most houses were
without an internal water supply, any water used for
cleaning would be carried into the house in a steel
bucket or bowl that was filled from the tap in the