Abstract and Keywords
This chapter reviews the evidence for and recent current debates on the types and character of medieval shops, shophouses, stalls, selds, and undercrofts, revealing in the process some of the environs experienced by the medieval shopper and the types of structure students of towns should consider. It also draws out geographical and chronological trends in commercial building stock (1050–1550) and, in doing so, frames the street as an arena where consumer choices and the businesses and identity of sectors of urban society were made. Britain had a widespread and well-developed shopping culture by at least 1300.
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