Burton on Trent Co-operative Society

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 1499 MID/1/2/2/3
  • Dates of Creation
      1889- 1976
  • Physical Description
      45 volumes, 8 files

Scope and Content

Records of Burton on Trent Co-operative Society including Committee minute books, Superannuation Fund minute books, Thrift Fund minute books, balance sheets and journals.

Administrative / Biographical History

The founding committee of the Burton-on-Trent Co-operative Society was elected on December 16th 1889, consisting of Mr J. Redfern, the president, along with Mr C. Asbury, Mr J. L. Howard, and Messrs Malin, Essom, Mycock, Harrison, Wadsworth, Shears, Allcock and Farmer. The society was registered in 1890, opening a store at 32 Byrkley Street in March of that year. In this first year of operation a further two stores were opened, and the baking, butchery and fuel supply businesses entered into. By the end of the year its membership had reached 479, its sales £6,163 and its share capital £607. In the same year the society’s profits were £538, producing an average dividend of 1s 8 1/4d.

At the end of the society’s first decade in 1900, membership had reached 3,200, sales £65,681, share capital £22,133 and profits £6,487. In 1902 a deficit of over £3,000, caused by a defaulting secretary, was discovered, but was eliminated within two and a half years. The society continued to expand rapidly, reaching totals of eighteen branches and 5,900 members in 1910, and twenty branches and 13,400 members in 1922. By 1928, the society was involved in a wide range of businesses, including drapery, hardware, footwear, furnishings, ironmongery, tailoring, earthenware, dairy, and hairdressing.

In 1968, the society had 32,769 members, twenty-nine grocery stores, two department stores, and had further expanded into areas including undertaking, laundry, catering, painting and decorating, electrical repairs and pharmaceutical and optical retail. In 1970, it merged with the Derby society to form the Derby and Burton Society Co-operative Society.

Sources:

Bruff, F. H., Birmingham: A Handbook to the Thirty-Eighth Annual Co-operative Congress, Whitsuntide, 1906 (Manchester, 1906), 150; NACO/3/4/12/2- Transfer of Engagments and Amalgamations of Co-operative Societies 1972-1974..