2 responses to “52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 29: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick maker…..How To shop local

  1. A most interesting account, especially the price comparisons with today.

    However, I feel I must take issue with this: “All these accounts use what seems a very funny system to us in our decimalised world. It is based on pounds, shillings and pence, there being 12 pennies in a shilling and 20 shillings in a pound, so a total of 240 pennies in a pound. Seems a bit crazy … Also of course they aren’t called pounds, shilling and pence in old documents, but lib, s and d, coming from the Roman currency of librae, solidi and denarii. Makes perfect sense doesn’t it?”

    To anyone in primary school up to 1971 (a not-inconsiderable amount of the population), the pre-decimal system of Lsd was not a funny system but the only way to calculate prices, salaries etc. My late mother (1914-2007) continued to converst decimal money into Lsd to the day of her death.

  2. On a completely unrelated, and related note, I found a portrait of Lady Anstruther of Balcaskie (our shoppers this week), while cataloguing a recently acquired album. Thought it might be a nice footnote here.
    Great post MS!

    Sorry the link to the image is a bit messy
    [http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/imu/imu.php?request=display&port=45175&id=9be8&flag=start&offset=0&count=10&listcount=10&view=list&enarratives=on&ecatalogue=on&eparties=on&departmentfilter=Special%20Collections&operator1=phrase&column1=keywords&idnumber=\%22alb-86-10.10\%22&operator3=ge&column3=creation_date&operator2=le&column2=creation_date_to]

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