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Brentford Market 1922In 2018 Claire Noble undertook an analysis of Brentford Market traders who lived outside the local area:
Iíve extracted all the 1922 Brentford market people coming in from further afield - loosely defined as outside the M25. The furthest afield is Honiton in Devon, but thereís local family contact. One of the front shops was occupied by a Bristol couple: Iím sure they would have had employees in situ.
Thereís a heavy Fenland presence, just like the Twickenham farmerís market today where a Lincs farmer is there (or used to be) every week.
I notice the Bedfordshire men had adjacent covered pitching stands - protection from the elements if theyíve made the effort to come in. Either they or juniors (more probably as a matter of routine) would have made the trip, hence Ebenezer Little bringing his great-nephew on board. Plus, given the pitching stands were adjacent, it meant that the Beds group could take up as much or as little space as they wished depending on who was there - a real co-operative effort.
The voter qualification codes are taken from the electoral register, eg [BP/O]. It was perfectly legitimate for non-resident stall-holders to vote in local and parliamentary elections as long as they fulfilled the eligibility criteria. Of course, matters had only recently changed for the women, in 1918, but it wasnít until 1928 that their eligibility was equal to that of men. The codes follow:
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3 Front Shop: Bristol
3 Front Shop: Charles [BP/O] & Fanny Griffiths [HO/-], Stoke Bishop, Bristol
BRENTFORD MARKET (Uncovered)
LinksRead more about Ebenzer Little, who had a stall at Brentford Market by 1906. This page includes links to other market material.
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Published January 2020