Aireborough Historical Society

Rawdon Co-op 1907 - 1970

Rawdon Co-op

Rawdon Co-op
Date 1907 - 1970
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
Rawdon Co-op - Undated 
This building stands at the junction of Harrogate Road and New Road Side.
It was the coop stores until the new Central Stores opened in 1908 at the opposite corner of New Road Side (junction with Micklefield Lane).
The coop ladies hairdressing department remained on the upper floor until 1945.
The right hand section of the building on Harrogate Road became Rawdon Post Office, the portion facing was the Midland Bank.
It is now a dress shop. (February 2013)

Photo ID    E081
Rawdon Co-op - 1900
Some of the shop staff are in the doorway of the shop which is at the corner of New Road Side (left) and Harrogate Road (right).
This shop closed down when the new store opened diagonally opposite in 1907, the premises became a bank and is now partly occupied by a legal services company 
Photo ID    H059
Rawdon Co-op - 1907
A view of the Central Stores on Leeds Road, Micklefield Lane is on the right.

Photo ID    A323
Rawdon Co-op Opening - 1908
The Rawdon Industrial Co-operative Society began in 1886, initially there were premises in North Street until a triangular plot of land at the junction of New Road Side (A65) and Harrogate Road was purchased and a store built at a cost of £400.

This later became the Midland Bank.

The site of the store in this view is diagonally opposite the previous shop at the junction with New Road Side and Micklefield Lane which is on the right.

Sir Arthur Godwin sold the land to the Society, the architects were Morley and Son of Bradford.

The store opened in 1908, amid great excitement, parapets on the roof are engraved RICS, the shop is named Central Stores.

A parade of decorated carts add to the occasion, witnessed by a crowd of onlookers.  Notices in the window proclaim 'Join the Stores and become your own Shopkeeper.' 
The reverse of the image has the message:
Dear Bas.  I couldn't get to ask you how much I didn't want any of the others to know.  I will settle when you come again.'  It is addressed to Mr Jordan, 40 Copthorne Street, D - - - Hill, Bradford.

In the 1970s, the whole block was sold and is now separately owned shops and offices, the building is known as Realtex House.

Photo ID    B041 Another view of the opening day celebrations.
Photo ID    B154
Rawdon Co-op - 1908
This department was part of Central Stores, the new Co-op building at the junction of New Road Side and Micklefield Lane.

To the left a message on the windows read, 'Provisions Best Quality Selected Brands'  the next notice exhorts, 'Join the stores and become your own shopkeeper.'

This refers to the cooperative principle of members receiving a share profit or dividend. 
Under the sign are bottles of cod liver oil, a popular nutritional supplement.  A poster above the door advertises CWS (Cooperative Wholesale Society) sauce. 
The right window invites, 'Use CWS Productions' above a window full of goods.
Photo ID    B155
The shop had various departments including, Grocery, butchers and footwear. 

Photo ID    B157
Rawdon Co-op Hairdressing Salon - Undated
Interior of the RICS hairdressing salon which was part of the old co-op building. 
The hairdressers remained until 1945, when a Mr Hey changed it to a barbers shop. 
The left side of the salon appears to be the treatment area, a perm machine stands by the curtains, the clients hair would be attached to the machine, clamps, rods and spacers, a very strong smelling perm solution would be used and the electricity switched on. 
The right area has seating for clients and a counter with hair products for sale.

Photo ID    P103
Rawdon Co-op - 1925 
Directors of the Rawdon Industrial Co-operative Society.

Photo ID    G034
Rawdon Co-op Slaughterhouse - 1962

This was in the area known as "Calcutta", the fire station is now in this area.
Rawdon Co-op first had a butchery department around 1885.
An Act of 1958 on slaughterhouses made it clear that the slaughterhouse was not up to the required standard, the Co-op Society decided it was not worthwhile to make improvements.
It was last used in January 1962.
Photo ID    FBA122
Rawdon Co-op Drawing - 1976
A sketch drawn and donated by Sam Kilburn.

Previous Comments:
Re A323


There are a number of postcards featured in this collection addressed to B. Jordan in Durkhill, Bradford, often starting "Dear Bas...". I think this person is Basil Jordan, whose father Benjamin Jordan is featured elsewhere on some of your photos as Chair of the Council. Basil was born in 1881, married in 1907, and had two children. He was killed in 1917 in WWI in Flanders, and is buried in a CWGC cemetery.

14 August 2014
Re G034


Calcutta Farm was in Green Lane, Yeadon, you can see the old fire station back right, and the chimneys of Benton Terrace back left, these houses have now gone to make space for the new fire station.

09 July 2013
Re FBA122


One of the single storey buildings on the r.h.s. was the local morgue and behind them was the council yard and stables. Mr. Frank Hattersley my grandfather was I think one of the last men to look after and use the shire horses before he retired.

Consolidated by jack Brayshaw.  08 February 2021.
Last updated: 08 February 2021.


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