Shops and Shopping


This publication by The Survey of Lincoln places under the spotlight the history of the city’s shops and retailing more generally. The volume ranges across time from an exploration of shops and traders in Roman Lincoln, and the city’s medieval markets and fairs to a consideration of Lincoln’s changing High Street through the twentieth century and scrutiny of retailing in the contemporary city. The volume plots transformations in retail fashions in terms of architectural and shop design through to the types of goods that shoppers in Lincoln have sought out on their shopping trips.

At a time when many familiar names on the High Street seem to be under threat this volume examines both how changes in retailing have been a recurring feature in the last three centuries or so, and the reasons why some retailers have survived and thrived. The multi-authored collection includes chapters on the following:

· Shops and Traders in Roman Lincoln

· Medieval Fairs and Markets

· Development of the Shop Front Though Time

· Shops in the Nineteenth Century: Snapshots of Change in Central Lincoln

· Mawer and Collingham: Before the House of Fraser

· Bainbridges

· Corner Shops

· The New Market, Lincoln

· Chain Stores in Lincoln, c.1880-1939

· A.W. Curtis & Sons and Lincoln’s Butchers’ Shops Through Time

· Lincoln’s High Street Shops, c. 1950-1980

· Co-operative House: The Post-War Co-operative Society and its Central Store

· The Shopping Centre That Never Was: Centre 71

· Retail and the Rise of the Visitor Economy in Lincoln

Andrew Walker, ed., Shops and Shopping in Lincoln: A History

(ISBN 978-0-9931263-4-5).

The book retails at £7.50 and should be available from Lincoln’s bookshops and some online sellers but can also be ordered directly from The Survey of Lincoln by emailing for details of postage costs.