Shop ’til You Drop

Still on Newbegin, you can see that the street was lined with shops in our archive image from 1900, and that remains the case today.  Originally, it was Market Place that formed the commercial centre of the town, but this mantle was taken over by Newbegin after the coming of the railway in 1864 and improved access to the sea (see Point 2, ‘Boom Town’) so that, by the end of the 19th century, there were 20 shops along this street.