Winkel (shop)


Is literally a 'store' of any type, but the name is used [in Walton, 1993] for a general store with particular local characteristics. It markets local produce such as tobacco and farm soap and it holds bulk stock, enabling the storekeeper to sell small amounts of commodities. Many farms, situated long distances from a town or village, had small winkels to meet the urgent needs of the farm labourers and other local residents but, with the increased availability of motor transport, these have a largely fallen into disuse. Several still exist, however, in country villages and hamlets and a record of representative examples should be made, as they were an important feature of rural life. The church and the winkel were focal points of village life.

(Walton, 1993: 111)