Market Harborough Industrial Co-operative Society

Archive Unit

Scope and Content

Records of Market Harborough Industrial Co-operative Society including General committee minute books and reports and balance sheets.

Administrative / Biographical History

The first meeting to discuss setting up a co-operative society in Market Harborough took place on 6 Jan 1862. A fortnight later a small tenement was taken and business commenced. In 1865 larger premises were taken and the society joined the CWS and Co-operative Union. They also went into the coal trade in this year. By 1898 the Society had a membership of over 700. In the early years the Society developed slowly but steadily but around 1905 began opening branch stores. By 1915 it had branches at Great Bowden, Kibworth, Husbands Bosworth, Medbourne and Lutterworth.

In 1969 the society merged with Leicester Society and Melton Mowbray Society to form Leicestershire Co-operative Society.

Sources: Peterborough Co-operative Congress Souvenir 1898 and Leicester Co-operative Congress Souvenir 1915