Receipts of the Hepworth Industrial Co-operative Society

Scope and Content

File of receipts for Mrs P Hepponstall and Mrs Vera Hepponstall, along with the note from MJ Clarke to Joan Keysall of the Co-operative Group referring to the file's transfer to her.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hepworth Industrial Co-operative Society was formed in 1840 with 67 members after 10 weeks. It first president was Jonas Charlesworth. It has 220 members by 1893 and traded in grocery, drapery, hardware, shoes and boots, earthenware, ironmongery and flour.

By 1966 the society had 1,569 members. It traded in grocery, butchery, drapery and fashions and was involved in federal services with the Holmfirth Co-operative Boot and Shoe Society for footwear and footwear repairing.

The society went into liquidation on 19 December 1967.

Sources: The Co-operative Union directories. Published history, W Henry Brown, "Hepworth's Hundred Years of Co-operative Adventure 1840-1940".

Access Information

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,,

Acquisition Information

Donated to the National Co-operative Archive by Joan Keysall, Co-operative Group Membership.

Archivist's Note

This description was compiled by Heather Roberts, Archive Assistant, September 2013.

Custodial History

The collection was given to M J Clarke by a friend who acquired them from her auntie. M J Clarke then passed them on to Joan Keysall, Co-operative Group membership. The file was then passed onto the National Co-operative Archive from Joan Keysall.

Related Material

The National Co-operative Archive holds a published history of the society: W Henry Brown, Hepworth's Hundred Years of Co-operative Adventure 1840-1940.