Records of Preston Industrial Co-operative Society Travelling Butchers Shop

Scope and Content

Records of a travelling butcher of Preston Industrial Co-operative Society. They include price lists, notes of travelling butcher's rounds, and customer ledger.

Administrative / Biographical History

The travelling butcher shop travelled the Fylde area delivering mainly to farmers. The vehicles did not have fridges or hand wash bowls. Therefore the butcher got up about 4am to go to work to load his van with meat and try to deliver the meat before the sun was too hot at lunch time. Some customers would make him his lunch when he called. If the butcher wanted a Saturday off he would work all day Friday from 4am to midnight. When he returned to the Co-operative store at Moor Lane he would have to scrub all the wooden work tops to keep the van clean before he could go home.

Access Information

All open materials can be viewed by prior arrangement, Monday- Friday, 10 am- 5 pm. Contact the Archivist at: National Co-operative Archive, Co-operative College, Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS.


Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mrs I North, daughter of the Butcher of Preston Industrial Co-operative Society, September 1998. Accession no. 089.

Other Finding Aids

No other finding aids exist.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Adam Shaw, Archivist, September 2012.


None expected.