THE CO-OP

Branch No 19 The Lincoln Equitable Co-operative Industrial Society Ltd.
Mr Charles Larder and assistant. c1925

The  Co-op was  started  in 1888  as a small village society by local influential well-wishers led by Mrs Cracroft. It  was originally  known as Hackthorn & Cold Hanworth Provident Society Ltd, and it was a very successful undertaking. Despite success, administrative difficulties befell it, and in 1900 it amalgamated with the Lincoln Society and became Branch No.19 of the Lincoln Equitable Co-Operative Industrial Society Ltd.
At this time William Baldwin was the Manager. He was followed by Charles Larder, a well-known and popular man who lived at The Gables. Later managers were: Mr Hartley, Mr G. Lambert and Mr R. Simpson. William Jackson was the last permanent manager in the late 1950s and 1960s. He was suddenly taken ill and died.

The Co-op was finding difficulty in appointing a new manager and as business was declining, decided to close the store in 1967. Mr G. W. Bilton, newly arrived in the village, took it over as a private concern, but was unable to make it a profitable venture and closed it in March 1968.

The shop was sold to Mr John Taylor, who converted it into a private residence in the following year.

Jack Bettison

The Co-op shop after conversion to a private dwelling.

 Memories of the Co-op

“I  knew Hackthorn best from 1958 1961 when I worked at the small Coop  No 19  Branch. We used to sell pig meal, poultry food, vinegar (in a barrel), paraffin, methylated spirits, drapery   items   like   stockings   and   knitting   wool,  Boots’ Chemists’   items,  bread,  cakes  along  with  groceries.       At Christmas we sold toys.   We had an icecream fridge but no frozen foods.  Also I remember the manager trying to keep the flies off the bacon sides in the hot weather!

 

The heating was a small coke stove that needed lighting every morning with paper, sticks and coal.  If it was foggy it would not oblige. The shop was a meeting place for most people from the village, especially the elderly gentlemen.  I remember Mr Bradshaw, Mr Lenygon and Mr Storr among others, who used to sit around the stove having a good talk”.

 

Joan  Mumby (nee Shearman)