9 – 11, Market Street, Buxton
(now a Restaurant)
In the 1930s, Shaw Brothers’ ironmongers was advertised as ‘The Household Stores’ and was convenient for visitors to the market place, and to the livestock market. The building still has the same frontage as it did in those days.
Listen to the audio clip to hear about the revolution created by the availability of Calor gas.
Or read the transcript below:
“Loved it, loved the smell, because an iron mongers shop has got a certain smell. Nine years old, I was given a pinafore and I was behind the counter. That was it – dressed up as if for well dressing. Calor gas was the thing but it wasn’t calor gas, to the country people it was kaler gas ‘She mun hav some kaler gas.’ We had two men who were gas fitters, so they went out to all the farms and installed calor gas – not very well, very often very crudely. We would start out with a small hole in a farmhouse wall and end up with a six foot hole. But, it was such an innovation for people in the country to be able to have light and a cooker. So the farmers had tilley lights and they cooked on the open ranges but this calor gas gave them what everybody else had. “