NINETEENTH CENTURY GROCER’S ACCOUNTS BOOK. ~ Account Book of J. Wilmshurst Esq with Mr. J. Barnwell, Barnwell & Son Central Supply Stores of 53 William Street, Herne Bay.
Herne Bay 1892-1896
170 pages of accounts with full details of J. Wilmshurst's purchases from Barnwell Stores details everything bought and their cost from Oct. 1st 1892 to Dec. 12th 1896 with the words 'Carry Forward to New Book' at the very end. 8vo., original limp russia with the name, address and details of the grocer printed in blind on the upper cover.
By looking at the book we can get a really good idea of Mr. Wilmshurst's diet and the prices of foodstuffs at the end of the nineteenth century in Kent. Goods were bought most days of the year and the most frequently occurring items are bacon, lard, sausages, tongue, ham, butter, sugar, lemons, eggs, jars of cream, nutmeg, pepper, chillies and other spices, sardines, anchovies, rice, pearl barley, seed cake, bottles of brandy, Martells cognac, gin, ale, jam, jelly, marmalade etc. More interesting items include a pair of gauntlets, six pints of soup, Chablis, a box of figs, crumpets, cocoa nuts, 'Dorset' (cream?), 'Dutch' and 'German' (ham?) and 'Liebig'. Throughout are pasted in receipts from Barnwells for payments to the account.
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