The 1900s Town Sweet Shop

Beamish Unlimited

Why not take a tram to The 1900s Town and enjoy a trip to The 1900s Town Sweet Shop during your next visit to Beamish?

Our Sweet Shop is the perfect place for those with a sweet tooth! Jubilee Confectioners was built to represent a typical town sweet show, selling a whole host of mouthwatering treats.

Visit the factory at the back of the shop to see how sweets are made, using techniques and equipment from the era.

Watch sweets being made in The 1900s Town Sweet Shop

Here are just some of the sweets we sell in The 1900s Town Sweet Shop…

Hard Boiled Sweets

  • Rhubarb and Custard
  • Strawberry and Cream
  • Blackcurrant Drops
  • Barley Sugar
  • Peach and Cream
  • Raspberry Drops
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Blood Orange
  • Pear Drops
  • Rosey Apples
  • Kola Cubes
  • Soor Plooms
  • India Limes


  • Poor Bens
  • Strawberry Liquorice
  • Liquorice Pipes
  • Catherine Wheels
  • Liquorice Creams
  • Allsorts
  • Pontefract Cakes
  • Liquorice Torpedos
  • Liquorice Toffee

Jelly Sweets

  • Wine Gums
  • Black and Rasps
  • Jelly Beans
  • Jelly Babies
  • Fruit Jellies
  • Midget Gems
  • Turkish Delight


  • Jubilee Bars
  • Frys Cream Bars
  • Chocolate Raisins
  • Chocolate Peanuts
  • Chocolate Brazils
  • Coconut Macaroons
  • Chocolate Ginger
  • Rum Truffles
  • Chocolate Eggs
  • Chewing Nuts
  • Jameson’s Caramels
  • Raspberry Ruffles

For the Children

  • Porky Pigs
  • White Mice
  • Candy Sticks
  • Dolly Mixtures
  • Jazzies and Services

And many, many more! Ask for your favourites.

Our delicious sweets are also available from the Beamish Museum Online Shop so why not get your favourite Beamish treats delivered straight to your door?!

Sweets are sold subject to availability. Please note – some of our sweets may contain nuts.

If you own a shop or local business and would like to stock our delicious, handmade confectionery, you can find out more about wholesale sweets from Beamish Museum here.

Did you know?

Most sweet shops in the 1900s would be small and family-run with the family often living above the shop.

Popular North East sweets included black bullets, cinder toffee, blacks and rasps and fish in the sea.

Sweetmakers in the region included George W Horner and Co of Chester-le-Street, Redheads of Blyth, J Welch of Whitley Bay and J Vose of Durham (whose mint rock was promoted as being “invaluable to mental as well as physical workers”).

Sweets were originally developed for medicinal reasons, to make tablets more palatable. They were soon sold for flavour alone but some were promoted for health, such as sarsaparilla tablets, popular on Wearside, which were advertised as being good for blood circulation and rheumatic pains.