Handbags (The sad, the bad and the ugly. Non-productive stuff here.)
From the Memoir of Edward Smith (printed in 1888) - Link:
Mr. Alderman Edward Smith was born in Back St, Wigan, now known as Princess St, in 1808 ...
These were indeed hard times for working people. Money was scarce, the necessaries of life dear ... The writer well recollects the Alderman telling him some years ago that he remembered purchasing, in 1816, at the shop of the late Mr. Wm. Gidlow, sodden wheaten bread at sixpence per lb., and jannock at 4d. per lb.
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