|The Old Fish Shop at Temple Bar, 1846|
Mention “bulk shop” to anyone today and they think of ordering large quantities of goods online, but the original London bulk shops were built to replace the dangerous jettied shops after the Great Fire in 1667. Since goods could not be displayed behind leaded panes, shopkeepers were to use hinged shelves or counters attached to the shop-front, rather than using stands which took up too much of the path. Above the shelf they were later ordered to maintain a roof, at least half way across the footpath, to protect pedestrians from rain. Soon they were directed to allow paupers to sleep under these roofs and the narrow eleven inch shelves were replaced with twenty inch ones so that the beggars did not roll off during the night.
|The last bulk shop a poulterer's in Gilbert's Passage, Clare Market|