A lot has changed in Tilton since the hardware store now known as Bryant and Lawrence opened in the 1850s. Bill Lawrence Jr., the store owner, said those changes have added up to an environment that is no longer hospitable to his business.

The store dates back to the mid-19th century, Lawrence Jr. said. It was originally Philbrick and Hill, and historic photos show a dirt Main Street in a town that was then called Sanbornton Bridge. One photo shows a horse and carriage tried up in front of a store advertising West Indies goods and hardware. The business has had its current name since 1921, reflecting then-new owners Maurice Bryant and Oakes Lawrence, Bill Jr.’s grandfather.

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