Bath Shops

Trevor Fawcett

Hanging sign for Coward's Lace ShopThe retail shops and the abundantly supplied provisions market ranked among the major conveniences of Georgian Bath. Like any other town it had its butchers, bakers and even candlestick makers, and a fair share too of pawnbrokers, street traders, and cheap chandlers' shops. What set it apart was its trade in luxury commodities, hardly surpassed outside London itself. Countless temptations assailed the well-to-do and fashionable as they strolled about the spa - from gorgeous silks, laced coats and modish bonnets to the mouthwatering displays in the confectioners' windows and all the glitter of the celebrated toyshops which more and more resembled showcases of British manufacturing skills.

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