Some people will remember H C Wakefield’s shop in Gold Street. It regularly advertised in the Tiverton Gazette and these two adverts are from the late October editions in 1923.
In the Gazette of the 23rd October, a report was headed ‘Devon Farm Wages’. The Devon Agricultural Conciliation Committee had just met in Exeter and agreed to continue the present level of wages. These were 30/- (£1.50) for a 51 hour week and this would continue at least until January 1924.
If you look at the prices of goods at Wakefields, you can soon see that many of these items would be well beyond the reach of a farm labourer.
The Museum has many items connected to Wakefields, as well as this coat hanger, there is also a bow tie made by the shop.
Paperwork in our archive collection.
Finally, in our photo collection – the shop itself at two different times.