~ Gallery - Shops ~
Gornal has plenty of shop premises both old and new, most are in or around Gornal Wood.
There are no large supermarkets or hyper-stores but plenty of small stores, most of these small shop premises would have doubled-up as living accommodation for the shopkeepers family.
W.G. Hancock's article in 1894 entitled "Peeps at the Black Country", written after a visit to Lower Gornal describes:
"Village shops were decidedly quaint in their way. Bales of red flannel are stationed by the side of a box of bloaters; flour barrels and oil casks stand side by side, groceries and draperies, general ironmongery and salt bacon, are promiscuously mixed in the narrow windows, while tallow candles and huge hams hang from nails driven deep into the ceiling".