The local economy and employment
The town’s economy was largely based on farming and rural crafts and trades, with many local men working as agricultural labourers, or in related trades such blacksmiths or horse harness makers. Other local employers included Paine and Co. brewers and millers, Jordan and Addington, corn merchants and millers, the St Neots Paper Mill and also Ibbett’s engineering works. A growing number of people worked in one of the increasing number of shops in the town centre.
Women also worked as domestic servants or at the Paper Mill or undertook seasonal work such as willow stripping for basket weaving.
Paine & Co. brewery workers, about 1910
Paine & Co. newspaper advert, St Neots Advertiser, 1914