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Kings St : Trade Sign

Pestle and Mortar Trade Sign : Looking above the chemist at 44 King Street you can see a historical trade sign. A large plaster moulded pestle and mortar, once a common symbol to denote an apothecary or chemist’s shop. Trade signs were a common feature outside shops, stemming from the days when literacy levels were much lower and a visual clue as to what a shop contained was needed. There are still several around Lancaster, such as the rocking horse on New Street (indicating a toy shop) and the three golden balls (indicating a pawnbrokers) above Stable End Curios in Ffrances Passage and there are many more to see in Lancaster City Museum.
Trade signs were a common feature outside shops, stemming from the days when literacy levels were much lower and a visual clue as to what a shop contained was needed. There are still several around Lancaster, such as the rocking horse on New Street (indicating a toy shop) and the three golden balls (indicating a pawnbrokers) above Stable End Curios in Ffrances Passage and there are many more to see in Lancaster City Museum.


Potions : The pestle and mortar is a regular piece apparatus used during potions lessons at Hogwarts to grind up ingredients, students were not required to buy their own before starting at Hogwarts. They did however have to purchase a cauldron pewter standard size 2 (as listed in The Philosopher’s Stone equipment list).
Potage’s Cauldron Shop sells a wide variety of cauldrons to meet the needs of witches and wizards. They have: copper, brass, pewter, silver, self-stirring, collapsible, and solid gold, according to a sign outside the shop. The Cauldron Shop is very near to the entrance to Diagon Alley through The Leaky Cauldron.
You could also try shopping at;
Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, also located in Diagon Alley, they sell all sorts of equipment used in the wizard world and Harry buys his first telescope here.

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