Bugg the grocers
This photograph shows the interior of F.W. Bugg, a grocer located at 114 Talbot Road, Westbourne Grove in Bayswater. The store dates from the late 19th century. Many of the items were still being used up until 1970 when the store closed.
Grocers like Fred Bugg sold the essentials of daily life. Tea, flour, sugar and rice were drawn from large containers, then weighed and wrapped for customers. Grocers also sold firewood and paraffin and, from the late 19th century, canned and processed foods such as condensed milk and processed fish. Grocers often lived above their premises. Late-night opening occurred on Saturday when workers came to shop after being paid.
Many grocery stores had a separate glass-fronted cash desk behind which a cashier would sit. Cash and change would travel between the grocer, the cashier and the customer via an overhead machine operated by a pulley system.
Museum number 83.547