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Turn Back Time: The High Street

A group of shopkeepers and their families took over some empty shops in a neglected market square in Shepton Mallet, to experience for themselves what it was like to work in the High Street during the Victorian and Edwardian Times, the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

To ensure their experience is factually correct greengrocer and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace overseed the whole thing.

The experiment starts at the birth of the High Street in 1870s with the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker and the grocer.

The shops are then open for the general public to come and buy from the High Street, so the customers get to be involved too. This for me really adds to the realism of the experiment.

We take it for granted that we can just pop down to the shops and get whatever we need, so its hard to imagine life during rationing and the deprivations of World War Two.

So as a customer it's fascinating to see how much has changed in the High Street for the shopkeepers.


Turn Back Time: The High Street is available from Acorn Media


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