Monthly Archives: January 2019

Market Traders Can Benefit From Tesco Cuts

Market traders in North Staffordshire, The Potteries and South Cheshire can benefit from Tesco’s plans to close its delicatessen counters and stop selling fresh meat and fish.

Struggling retail giant Tesco, which needs to cut costs by £1.5 billion before 2020, has already reduced the number of products sold in its stores. Now, it is reported that the company’s chief executive, Dave Lewis, plans to reduce the range even further and make up to 15,000 employees redundant.

Many customers who do their weekly shopping at Tesco are looking for new places to shop, and retail experts predict that Tesco will lose many regular customers if Dave Lewis goes ahead with his cost-cutting scheme.

Local markets already sell most of the things that can be bought in supermarkets.

Unlike supermarkets, which are large and impersonal, market traders give their customers personal service and have the time to talk about the products they sell.

Well-Planned publicity and advertising campaigns run by market traders will attract new customers because supermarkets no longer sell the things they want to buy.

Town Centre Shops Face a Bleak Future

All over the country, town centre shops have been forced to close because of the popularity of online shopping.

More than 20,000 high street shops closed last year, and 23,000 are expected to close this year with the loss of 175,000 jobs.

Traditional high street shops, cafes and restaurants face an uncertain future unless the government and local authorities take positive steps to help them survive.

Mike Ashley, the owner of Sports Direct, who has called for a sales tax to be imposed on goods purchased from online retailers, is reported to have said that without government help the high street will be dead by 2030.

However, the government is refusing to impose an online sales tax which it believes would breach EU rules and the “divorce agreement” Mrs May has reached with Brussels.

Comment: The Future of Local Museums

Faced with cuts in local government expenditure local museums in towns and cities throughout the country are facing closure.

Spotlight on North Staffordshire and The Potteries has no hesitation in saying that Museums and Art Galleries ensure the survival of our cultural heritage. They are too important to be used as political footballs by cost-cutting councillors. A nation that forgets its cultural heritage is a nation without a future.

NewsDesk: Women’s History Network Community History Prize 

The Women’s History Network awards an annual prize of £500 to the team behind a Community History Project by, about, or for women.

This prize is The History Press and nominations for it are welcomed from projects that include an active element of community engagement that “communicates a sense of heritage uncovered and learning”.

The project must have led to the creation of something that communicates the findings of the team’s historical research which could be a drama production, a heritage trail, a book or an exhibition.

For more details visit: Women’s History Network Community History Prize | Women’s History Network

Linking Art and Industry to Raise Standards

Marshall Colman writes:

“The art and industry movement of the thirties wanted to integrate artists into industry, improve the standard of consumer goods, democratise art and improve public taste. There was a strong interest in education, and Frank Pick, who was one of the leading figures of the Council for Art and Industry, used his influence to nudge the Royal College of Arts towards the teaching of industrial design and hastened the resignation of William Rothenstein as principal.

“I said earlier that this movement for design reform and education reform was able to push forward on all fronts like this – on the industrial front, persuading manufacturers that their products needed to be better designed, and on the consumer front, dissuading shoppers from buying badly-designed objects – because of its belief in objective standards of beauty and the spiritual potential of good design…”

To read the full post visit TOWARDS A STANDARD ‹ MARSHALL COLMAN ‹ Reader —

Spotlight on Stoke – The Penkhull Wassail 

Christine Mallaband-Brown posted an account of The Penkhull Wassail on her website.

She tells us that:

“There are not many places in Britain where you can wander round with flaming torches (but no pitchforks). But today we did just that round Penkhull Village. From Penkhull village hall we…”

To read more about the Penkhull Wassail visit Penkhull Wassail – Art by Christine Mallaband-Brown

Theft and Homicide in Late Anglo-Saxon Law 

In a post on, T. B. Lambert looks at Theft, Homicide and Crime in late Anglo-Saxon Law.

Lambert says:

“It is a startling but infrequently remarked upon fact that for five centuries English law, which prescribed the sternest penalties for theft, contained only a relatively minor royal fine for homicide. Whereas the first clear statement that the death penalty applied to thieves is found in the late seventh-century West Saxon laws of Ine, we have no equivalent statement with respect to homicide before the text known as Glanvill, composed in the late 1180s…”

To read more visit Theft, Homicide and Crime in Late Anglo-Saxon Law –

Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England

A post on looks at archaeological evidence challenging the long-standing belief held by legal historians that in Anglo-Saxon times criminals were executed for major criminal offences or faced punishments such as amputations for lesser crimes.

To learn more about crime and punishment in Anglo-Saxon England visit Capital and Corporal Punishment may have been rare in Anglo-Saxon England, researcher suggests –

Reduced Fares Encouraged Families To Shop In Tunstall

At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a retail and a wholesale market in Tunstall.

Held in the Market Place (Tower Square), the wholesale market was open every day except Sunday. From Lady Day (March 25th) to Michaelmas (September 29th) it opened at 6.00am. Between Michaelmas and Lady Day the market opened two hours later at 8.00am.

The retail market in the Market Hall was open on Mondays and Saturdays. On Mondays, the market opened from 8.00am to 8.00pm. Saturday was a working day for many people, and on Saturdays, the retail market was open from 8.00am to 10.00pm.

To encourage families living in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire to shop in Tunstall Market, the North Staffordshire Railway Company issued Cheap Market Returns to Tunstall and Chatterley Train Stations from Kidsgrove, Halmerend, Audley, Talke, Alsager Road, Congleton, Mow Cop, Crewe, Radway Green, Alsager, Sandbach, Lawton, Keele and Leycett.

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