Co-op clothing shop High Street Stamford

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Topic Originator: julia
Post Date July 8, 2005 @ 1:42 PM
 Co-op clothing shop High Street Stamford
 RE: Co-op clothing shop High Street Stamford
 RE: Co-op clothing shop High Street Stamford
 RE: Co-op clothing shop High Street Stamford
 Co-op/ Wilko -staircase memories
  Co-op clothing shop High Street Stamford
 Co-op shop/oh those tubes!
  Co-op clothing shop/Miss Crouch
 Co-op clothing shop/Wilkies

July 8, 2005 @ 1:42 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

The shop which is now Wilco used to be the Co-op clothes shop.  It used to seem very grand walking up the staircase with my mother and buying something over the counter upstairs.  There was a system of "tubes" for making payments.  The assistant would wrap the money up in the invoice, put it all in a cup-shaped container and wiz it off to the office.  A few minutes later it would arrive back with the change and a receipt.  No credit cards then, although there was a divi system where you could have a card and buy say £20 worth of goods and then pay so much a week to cover the amount.  Mr Bass used to call round to your house and collect the payments.

November 22, 2005 @ 3:52 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I remember this shop.  Downstairs there were big counters with a strip of brass across them, against which the assistant measured material and then cut it to the length you wanted.

August 16, 2007 @ 8:11 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Yeah, I remember this shop too.  Co-op drapers my Mum used to call it.  I can still remember the number I had to say when you made a purchase.
Kate: Yes Jackie and you can still use those numbers at the Peterborough shop at Westgate.- not so much fun though.

October 30, 2007 @ 8:06 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I also remember the Co-op shop and that fantastic "money tube" system. To a 5 year old the staircase was magnificent and imposing, was there anything else like it in Stamford?

Two points on which my memory may be playing tricks:

1) Did Parrish's Menswear shop on the same side further down High  
    St. also have a similar "money tube" system?

2) Did not this Co-op shop also sell toys?

April 21, 2012 @ 3:50 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

i used to work in coop drapery in 1953 to 1959 they never sold toys when i was there only maybe a few at christmas. we were only allowed  to use the money tubes at weekends or christmas when we were busy. I was in wilkos today staggered up stairs and down again it crossed my mind iused to go up three steps at time and down the same and i thought if only i could now 50 years later

Roger Partridge
April 22, 2012 @ 7:21 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Hi Judy,

Must be my memory at fault about the toys, I would have been around 5 years old, so definitely during the period you were working there.

January 28, 2013 @ 7:24 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I worked in the ladies sction  (downstairs) Hated the tubes that we only used friday & Saturday. If you got your hand in the way on it's way back to you it bruised you for a week. Miss Crouch was in charge

Chris Scott
February 21, 2013 @ 8:25 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I also remember Miss Crouch, a very kind  old lady (Well, she seemed old to me at that time, probably only about 50) Always wore a beret, I was told she suffered from alopecia.
I had my first high heeled shoes from the Co op Drapery shop, they had what were called 'Cuban' heels,  very reserved and would be 'old lady' shoes today, but I felt so grown up, I was 16.

Gillian Hendy
February 22, 2013 @ 8:57 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I remember it as Wilkies before they had the refurb and as you went upstairs there would be a beautiful skylight - very ornate from what I can remember.   It's a shame they covered it up because upstairs in Wilkies is quite soul-less.   I don't know if I remember it as the Co-Op though, I may not have been born or if I had would have been a baby.