The Town Store in the Country is an exhibition opened on September 2 at Mere Museum which has free entry.

The story of John Walton & Co Ltd, introduces and explores the Walton dynasty of Mere’s shopping world during the 19th and 20th centuries.

John Walton started the business in 1864 and it grew for the following 100 years. In 1907 they are listed as being family drapers, tailors, grocers, ironmongers, furniture dealers and removers, carpet warehousemen, glass, china and earthenware dealers, bacon curers, cheese factors and a post office.

Mere Museum was founded in 1970 and has gone from strength to strength. The collection now boasts well over 7,000 items – all on display for visitors. On the evening, Rose Heesom was introduced as the new curator. Jenny Wilding, existing curator, will be on hand to help.

Pictured is Rose Heesom, the new Curator, and Clive Hazzard, Mere Town Council Chairman.

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Picture and report by George Jeans, Mere

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