Days Gone By: The Co-op and its close connection with Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:49 28 July 2017
One end of Carr Street, Ipswich, was until recently, dominated by the Co-op’s department stores, writes David Kindred.
Haberdashery, white goods, fashion and food, were all among the many departments around the Cox Lane junction.
The company’s first premises in Ipswich was a little shop at 34 Carr Street, which opened in March 1869.
The company expanded and the large building on the west side of Cox Lane opened in 1886 and during the late Victorian and Edwardian period grocery stores were opened in outlying areas of Ipswich and in towns around the county.
A timber-framed building on the east corner of Cox Lane was demolished in 1908 and a drapery and store built on the site.
In 1928, a boot shoe and furnishing department was built next door, connecting to the central grocery and tearoom.
Thousands used to queue in Carr Street, Ipswich, to collect their “divi”, a dividend on all purchases members made at the various departments.
In this week’s Days Gone By, I have taken a look through picture files at events featuring the Co-op in Ipswich, including the day thousands gathered to greet television star, Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street.
What memories do you have of the Co-op in Ipswich, did you work there? Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or e-mail him.