Heckmondwike and District Co-operative Society

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of Heckmondwike Co-operative Society

Administrative / Biographical History

Heckmondwike and District Co-operative Society held its first meeting on 31 December 1859 and was registered in 1860. The chair of the Board was William Archer and the secretary was James Crabtree who later became the society's president. The society opened its first shop around June 1860, its manager was James Lund of Rochdale. In 1887 its central premises were on Oak Street in Northgate. It has branches in Brighton Street, Chapel Fold, Dewsbury Moor, Gomeral, Hartshead, Healey, Hightown, Kilpin Hill, Littletown, Millbridge, Norristhorpe, Robertstown, Stancliffe, Westborough, and White Lee. It had 5,736 members and conducted trade in grocery, drapery, shoes and boots, furnishing, tailoring, coal, baking, millinery, dressmaking, and had a medical aid department.

By 1930, the society had 15 departments, 56 shops, 9,103 members and 249 employees.

By 1979 the society had 13,150 members, with premises in Northgate, Dewsbury, Liversedge, Stancliffe and Westgate. It conducted trade in grocery, butchery and cooked meats, greengrocery, fruits and fish, chemists, optical, drapery and fashion, men's wear, footwear, babywear and nursery furniture, furnishings and hardware, motors, knitting wool, painting and wallpaper, stationary and sports outfitting. It had member services in painting and decoration, TV repairs and funerals.

The society transferred its business to Yorkshire Co-operatives on 8 September 1985.

Sources: The Co-operative Union directories and the society's history "Heckmondwike and District Co-operative Society Ltd 1860-1930, a brief historical sketch"

Conditions Governing Access

All open materials, can be viewed by previous arrangement, Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Contact the Archivist at:National Co-operative Archive, Co-operative College, Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS, archive@co-op.ac.uk www.archive.coop

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Heather Roberts, Archive Assistant, September 2013

Related Material

The National Co-operative Archive holds one published history of the society. Lesley Mills, Heckmondwike and District Co-operative Society Ltd 1860-1930, a brief historical sketch.