Salisbury Cathedral Close Preservation Society



A Child in the Close (2)

Annual Lecture - November 2011 - by Robert Key FSA

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Mr Butt the fruit and veg man had his shop in New Street. Mrs Green had the fish and poultry store in Fisherton Street. Mr Pritchett the butcher was at the Fish Row end of Butcher Row – which was open to two-way traffic!
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Respect for the Law ran deep. When the Assize Judge came to Salisbury he stayed in the Judge’s Lodgings at The North Canonry. Each morning he walked to the Courts in the Guildhall, preceded by Salisbury’s Chief Police Officer and accompanied by two constables. All the traffic halted. People stood respectfully on the pavements, head bowed, as the Judge walked by.
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Feeding a family is never cheap. In the 1950s food prices were very different. Today, the price per portion of protein is quite similar for middle-of-the-road items.
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