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GROSSER STORE; Leeches, blood and arsenic on Victorian shopping lists.

Byline: RUKI SAYID CONSUMER EDITOR r.sayid@mirror.co.uk

IF you're popping to the shops could you get me a pound of tripe, a box of candles, oh, and a pint of blood for my TB, dear.

Not the easiest shopping list to tick off, but simple on any Victorian high street, according to a new study into the retail habits of our ancestors.

Other common products on sale included leeches to draw out "bad blood", moustache wax, arsenic and pistols. The research gives a fascinating insight into how our town centres looked in the 1800s.

Among the gruesome revelations was the fact butchers sold animal blood to be drunk as a "cure" by TB sufferers. Other old trades that have bitten the dust include wax merchants, corn chandlers, watch and clock makers, Japanners who sold lacquer for furniture and snuffers who stocked metal cones for putting out candles. The Ancestry.co.uk study also revealed the image conscious side of Victorians - with hat stores, dressmakers, boot and shoe shops among the popular outlets.

The website's Miriam Silverman said: "Our ancestors will have headed to the high street to shop but it's interesting just how different this experience would have been and how fascinating the items they bought were."

DON'T FORGET!

Pint of animal blood

Tub of leeches

Arsenic

Moustache grease

Tripe

Herring

Gin

Pear drops

Animal grain and feed

Candles
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2013
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