Peggy's Story - In Her Own Words

The Co-op Shop

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The Co-op Shop

After Miss Benbow and her brother died - Mr Benbow may have been a wheelwright - they were just let to other people. They weren't shops anymore. The Co-op shop was always there in my day, but it ran side by side with the little shops. I think in my day people were more politically minded, they took politics more seriously than they do today. I don't remember many Liberalpeople, it was either very Labour or very Conservative. You didn't shop at the Co-op shop if you were Conservative, you just didn't. My parents were great Conservatives, in fact my Grandfather's house, by Shenley church, was the election rooms for the Conservative candidate at election time. Most of the people in Wolverton works were Labour so that's what I always felt, if you were Conservative, you didn't shop at the Co-op shop, if you were Labour, you did. They sold all sorts of things- I think we used to sneak one or two little things from there, when my Mother ran out she would say "better go to the Co-op, but don't let anybody see you!" It didn't sell meat, but bacon, tea, coffee, all those other things. It was quite a nice shop actually

As the years go by people change. Most of our things came from Moss's in Bletchley. Mr Matthews was the order man, he came round once a fortnight. I remember when the groceries arrived - you ordered them one day and they brought them the next - our table would be piled up, my Mother wouldn't buy a small piece of cheese, it was a great big piece that had to last two weeks for six of us. We always had our meat from the butcher's shop up the road, and there were visiting greengrocers, though most of our vegetables came from the garden. My Mother used Moss's for years. The ironmonger came from Stony Stratford, Chipperfield's, they came once a fortnight, sold paraffin for the oil fired cooker in the kitchen. In the very early days it was a black range, but we graduated to an oil-fired cooker - a 'Valor' cooker, I think - so Mr Adams from Chipprfield's would bring the fuel and we had the baker call every day. We had our own milk, but there was a milkman, but the milk wasn't in bottles, he poured it into your jug out of his churn.
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