We have used the Rhiw, Rectory as an example
of a shopping basket from the 1930's, there are several reasons for
this, but mainly because the writing is clear, as some of the
ledgers pages have faded, and most were scribbled out anyway after
the account was settled. The Rectory shopping basket is typical of
most of Rhiw's households, although much larger. But the same basic
good were bought by most.
Because the ledger was too large for the
scanner we had to photograph the pages. Most of the shop accounts
are in English, but there are a few Welsh words, and this could be
confusing, e.g. Bacco or Baco, is Tobacco, Bacwn
is Bacon, Torth is a Loaf, Blawd is Flour, and
Burum is Yeast.