The Co-op in 1927
The Co-operative movement is often said to have started in Rochdale Lancashire in 1844. In fact the ideas date back many years, even centuries before that, but the Rochdale Principles became the guiding lights for subsequent retail co-ops – notably that shoppers got a dividend by shopping.
In Market Lavington the co-op was the Devizes C0-operative Society Ltd. They and the more national successors have occupied the current Co-op premises for 100 years or so.
Our picture dates from 1927. Perhaps someone could let us know who the worker was.
The adverts include those for ‘Pelaw Polish’ – both metal polish and boot polish.
Pelaw is an area of Gateshead where Co-op products were manufactured. The area of Pelaw really owes its existence to Co-op factories which made a huge range of consumer products for Co-operative stores throughout Britain.