Did you know that half-day closing started in Whitchurch in 1892 ?

While cleaning copies of the Whitchurch Herald volunteers Tracy and Sheenagh came across the following notice

half-holiday

In the nineteenth century it was quite common for shops to open from 6 am to 10 pm, Monday to Saturday. Shop assistants and their supporters campaigned for a half-day holiday and it looks like by 1892 they were successful in Whitchurch.