A weavers wage in 1879 was 15/ per
week and in 1885 it had risen to 18/.
Beef 5d to 6d per lb. Mutton 6d to 8d per lb.
Pork 6d to 8d per lb
If you wanted a new set of teeth in 1869
they would set you back between £4.00 and
£7.00 for a full pair of vulcanised teeth.
Vulcanised and Gold ones would cost
anything from £7.00.
A trip to New York on the Cunard Line would
cost you £6.6.0 Steam Packet.
Star Line £3.15.0 Sailing Packet.
Renting a house about 5/ per week or to
buy one of the new Coop houses would cost
A quart of milk in 1875 would have cost you
2 d to 3d. Whilst half a pound of butter in
1880 would have cost you 1/.
Coffee in 1889 was 1/4 -1/6-1/8. Tea 1/10.
Bacon smoked or plain 8/ per lb.
A trip to the Isle of Man by train and boat
from Bacup to Barrow I.OM.
Special cheap return fares
1st class &saloon 27/6
3rd class &saloon 17/6
3rd class Fore cabin 13/6
Geese per lb 0 - 7d
Beef per lb 5d - 7d, Mutton per lb 5d - 7d
Pork - 6d - 8d , Cheese per lb 5d - 9d
Bacon per lb 6d 9d, Salt Butter per lb 10d -
Cod Fish per lb 3d - 4d, Soles per lb 0 - 10d
Crabs each 2d - 10d , Haddock per lb 3d -
Conger eel per lb 4d - 6d , Rabbits each
13d - 16 d
Potatoes per stone 12d -14d Cabbages
each 1d - 2d , Onions per lb 1d - 2d
Apples per lb 1d - 2d , Celery per stick 1d -
3d, Fowl 3s 6d per couple
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From it's very early days Bacup's town centre was a hub for
shopping for the whole of the area. Of course during that time
there was no local Asda or Tesco's for families to do their
weekly shop at. From Drapers to Jewellers, Pork butchers to
Watchmakers, Hairdressers to Musical instrument makers
and beyond....Bacup's selection of shops provided an
excellent selection of local stores that satisfied the needs of
everybody. Prior to the building of the Railway all goods
coming into Bacup had to be transported by carrier. Some of
the carriers in those days were, James Pickup, Thomas
Barrowclough, Abraham and George White, and James Cropper
otherwise known as "Old Cropper" a farmer of Lower Rockliffe.
The market hall was the venue of toy stalls, ironmongery, butchers, toffees, delicatessen and
cafes. Built and opened in 1867 the hall was described as the Lion of Bacup. Most children
were given a Saturday Penny, this would have not always been the case prior to 1900 when
living was hard enough and frivolities rare. But prior to the Great War in 1914 there were plenty
of bargains to be had on the Markets and shops in Bacup. Ask any of the old age pensioners
in Bacup or Stacksteads about the Market and they will all exclaim what a wonderful place it
was and how they miss it. Everyone's memories of the Market and Market Hall are slightly
different and many on these pages cover different time periods. For instance the carriers
mentioned above plied their trade pre 1900. The part in front of the Police Station was devoted
mainly to fruit and vegetables and fish, - with a regular stallholder top of Bankside Lane who
sold floor coverings. The cloth market was held by the side of the Police Station, open to the
skies in those days and, as the name implies, mainly consisted of curtaining, drapery and other
household goods.Closing time wasn't until 10pm in those days, and they were nearly as busy
at that time as at any part of the day. Money being scarce, many bargains were to be obtained
as the stallholders preferred to sell up rather than have to pack bits back onto their carts.
The Bacup Co-operative was born from fourteen persons
had met together for a time to improve their writing,
reading, and mathematic skills. Using a room above
the old Co-op for a sum of fifteen pence a week
rent. Each of the fourteen put six shillings into the
kitty and with this they purchased coffee from a
merchant in Todmorden. Having purchased it at a
cheaper rate and divided it equally they went onto
to purchase other household necessities , Tea,
Coffee, Sugar, Soap and using the cart from the
Corn mill they brought the goods from Todmorden
to Bacup with a friend lending his scales for
weighing out they became very successful and
needed much bigger premises and so it was that in
1863 the Co-op store was built on Rochdale Road. The
sketch above showing one of the planned proposals of how the building might look As the
movement grew so did the number of stores being opened and in 1865 the No1 store at Weir
was opened. The No 2 store at Britannia Village was opened in 1866. The No 3 store at Lee
Mill was opened 1867.Two years later in 1868 the No 4 branch store was opened at Change.
Followed nine years later by the Market street store No 6. Vale street store No 7 The
Underbank store known as No 5 branch opened in 1878.In 1881 the Boot. Shoe & Clogging
departments were added to the Union street store in 1881. In 1865 the prices of clogs were:
Mens Clogs 2/10 per pair, Womans 2/3 per pair Boys 1/10 per pair. Clogging Costs Mens 1/-
Boys 10d Women's 11d. A pair of Mens shoes 4/6 per pair Ladies 3/6 per pair. In 1899 Ladies
Button shoes 2/11 per pair Ladies Kid Button and Lace 3/11 to 6/11 per pair. Ladies High leg
lace boots 5/11 per pair. Mens lace boots, light & strong from 4/11 to 9/11.
Bacup Times of August 1867 the opening
day of the Market Hall. The Following is a
description of the building. The principal
front of the building is in Queen Street, from
which it is approached by a massive and
handsome arched entrance.. More....