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Mavis Report 7 Nov 2012 09:19

Can anyone tell me if a Hawker has a license, would the license cover an area it which it was issued or would it cover any where in the country [ England - Wales]

this would be in 1934


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Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 7 Nov 2012 09:21

Can only suggest you google


Mavis Report 7 Nov 2012 09:22

tried that -- didnt really give an answer



Reggie Report 7 Nov 2012 09:49

Found by GOOGLING!!!!!!!!

LH35 is right. Hawkers and pedlars would head to the police station to get their licence from 1870 onwards. I heard once that the money they paid went towards the police officers' pension fund. These days most, if not all, of the records have been deposited with county record offices.

Licences had to be obtained for each county in which a hawker wanted to trade and also renewed annually.

A quick way to check what's available is by visiting this site:

It lists what was held by English and Welsh county constabularies in 1992 when the Police History Society did a survey of their archives. The actual location of the records obviously may have changed in the intervening years.


Mavis Report 7 Nov 2012 10:59

Thanks for info - may find some more out then