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Design a Shop

Shakespeare for Kids

Group of three tradesman's tokens, 17th century

In seventeenth-century England, shops had signs hanging overhead that made it easy for shoppers to find them. If you wanted to shop at “Mary Long’s at the Sign of the Rose,” for instance, you would look for a sign with a picture of a rose. The names and signs did not always relate to what the shop sold. For example, The Blue Anchor was a bookshop.


Shops also gave out tokens, like the ones pictured above. People could use these like coins to buy things, but they also helped advertise the shops.


Design your own shop!

  • What will you call your shop? Draw a shop sign that goes with the shop’s name.
  • What luxury goods will you sell?
  • What will your shop look like? Draw a picture.
  • Design tokens to advertise your shop.
Hugh Alley. A Caveatt for the Citty of London. Manuscript, 1598

Hugh Alley. A Caveatt for the Citty of London. Manuscript, 1598

Wenceslaus Hollar. Byrsa Londinensis vulgo the Royal Exchange. Etching, ca. 1644

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