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Written by Line
(5/4/2007 6:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, You might like to see, penned by JulieW
Every time you post, you raise more interesting questions in my head! ;-) Now, I suppose that "King-Street" was the name of the street, and "West-Smithfield" was the name of the town, or part of town, but what was "Cloth-Fair"? A part of town where most of the clothes-sellers of various kinds had their shops? It sounds so evocative!
I remember reading that later in the 19th century, a milliner's shop (millinery?) was one of the few businesses likely to be owned by women. I'm assuming that Ann and Sarah Lyon were sisters, though I suppose they might have been cousins, or mother and daughter. I was wondering where the words "milliner" and "haberdasher" came from, and found the website I've linked below. (Scroll down a bit for an interesting explanation of where "milliner" came from.)
Haberdasher: In Britain and Australia, a dealer in dressmaking and sewing goods; in North America, a dealer in menís clothing.
Since I'm used to the second definition, I assumed that the Lyons catered to the gentlemen too, but by the British definition most likely they didn't!
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