Gone Shopping Home Early Days Transport & Work Services Wartime Entertainment Memories & People News & Weather Links Inside Bacup's Market Hall. Bacup's outside market was held outside the police station. Greenwoods tobaconist were situated next to todays Nat West Bank. Shepherds shop. Inside Bacup Market. 1868 - 1869  Price List
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 you £180.00. 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 - 11d Cod Fish per lb 3d - 4d, Soles per lb 0 - 10d Crabs each 2d - 10d , Haddock per lb 3d - 4d
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
Sutcliffe and Whitworth at 173 Market Street c 1903.
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Lolly Ingham his shop was in Burnley Road, it was a common site to see Loll skinning carcases  hung up by hooks in the doorway.
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 who 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.
Milk Float . Cooperative Stores and staff on Rochdale Road The Bacup market hall.
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.... .