Shops and Businesses

By the 1870s, Broad Street and the surrounding streets were home to many shops, businesses and public houses. Among the shops were grocers, butchers, stationers, pawnbrokers, jewellers, watchmakers, drapers, bootmakers, shoemakers, sweetshops and chemists. By the early 20th century, the town also had fish and chip shops, restaurants and furniture shops.

Shopkeepers competed to win the custom of the local population of miners, steelworkers and their families. Most of the shops were run by independent tradespeople but some were early examples of ‘chain stores’. These included the Maypole Dairy and the India and China Tea Company.

…unmistakeable evidence of the approaching Christmas was visible everywhere during the latter part of the week. The grocers, drapers, butchers and stationers seemed to have exerted their utmost skill in their endeavours to show the best advantage of the good things of the season.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 29 Dec 1871