Mayfield Co-operative Society

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two minute books. The first is from 1869 to 1905 and the second is from 1905 to 1930.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mayfield Co-operative Society was established in 1867. It is recorded in The Co-operator that the dividend was a very powerful force in attracting people to shop at the new society. The secretary, James Welch states that although in its infancy in 1867 the society was looking promising and as if it may become a popular means of investment. Indeed this may be viewed as a correct prediction because by 1887 there were 123 members, which rose to 240 members by 1922.

Despite having only one store there were a variety of departments, in 1887 the Society consisted of a grocery, drapery, boots and shoes, coal and flour. Over time this was added to so that at its peak in 1910 Mayfield Co-operative also included furnishing, ironmongery, hardware and earthenware. However by 1922 this had decreased to only five departments.

The minutes record correspondence from Derby Co-operative Society throughout the 1920s some relating to agreements of the area in which they may deliver. From this close relationship it was decided that the two co-operative societies would merge in January 1930 to form Derby Co-operative Provident Society Limited.

Sources: The Co-operator, 1867; Co-operative Directories