Time for some pictorial trivia! Polly Abbotts lived in Queen's Crescent prior to her marriage. Queen's Crescent is one of London's street markets (still going today as you can see in the picture above) and holds a little place in London retail history. The Sainsbury family opened their original shop in Drury Lane but in 1873 the family moved to live above their new shop at 159 Queen's Crescent. This shop was a dairy selling milk, cheese, eggs and butter.
|159 Queen's Crescent|
When the shop was closed customers could buy milk through a device in the shop door known as a "Mechanical Cow". A few years later a second shop was opened at 151 which specialised in ham and bacon which the family imported from Ireland and Denmark. From these modest beginnings sprung the giant supermarket chain we know today.
Jack Abbotts was a bricklayer so it seems appropriate to have a picture of some Victorian era gents engaged in similar work.
I was fascinated to learn that my grandmother Esther and her younger sister Daisy (whom I remember in old age) both worked in a Pickle Factory (*See comment below). I assume it was situated in the Archway area, but where? I'd love to know. So, in tribute to pickle factory workers everywhere....
|An American pickle factory in the 1880's|