19th century food store
During the 19th century the premises at 24 Market Street were used variously as a Butcher’s, a Grocery and a Fruiterer’s stores. Shortly after WWI, sometime between 1918 and 1921, Frederick Chandler took over the shop and set up trading as the ‘West Sussex Poultry Game & Venison Supplies’ store.
Ceased trading in WWII
The photo probably dates from around this time; note the banner in the doorway with a Union Jack and message saying ‘Thank God and the men who saved us’. By the mid 1930s a steel & glass canopy had been erected around the store, which is absent in the photo. The store ceased trading during WWII and later in the 1950s reopened under new ownership as an antiques dealer.
As you can see by the contemporary photograph, the premises are once again part of the city food trade.
Thanks to Andy Grant, Local Historian, for the history of the premises.