The tradespeople of Uttoxeter worked collectively to supply the town’s workhouse with provisions, and this week I’ve been looking at butchers. Beef was apparently consumed by the workhouse paupers several times per week, and several butchers benefited from the parish’s custom across the 1820s and early 1830s. At least five businesses crop up in the vouchers, ranging from the probably small-scale enterprise of Edward Cope, who had a house on the High Street, through to Joseph Shipley who made his home on Market Street but also held other property across the town.
One of the more prosperous butchers in the town was William Summerland, who had a house on Carter Street. He also payed rates on other land, including a piece with the quirky name ‘Fromety Dick’!