Payday lenders and pawn stores replace the real face of Britain’s high roads

Even though many retailers are increasingly being forced to close, payday loan providers like the cash Shop are becoming prevalent. Photograph: John Giles/PA Archive

F or the high roads which best typify Britain’s financial gloom, take a look at the primary shopping strips in Chatham in Kent and Walthamstow in eastern London. Both are riddled with stores offering loans that are payday pawnbroking solutions as well as the window of opportunity for customers to show their jewelry into money in a flash.