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Skinningrove – Co-operative Stores

Carolyn Richards grandfather William Grange, was manager of Skinningrove Co-op after Hinderwell and lived in High Row, Loftus. We just get a glimpse of Hutton Street and the steel works behind the Co-op, with Harry Grange’s motorbike parked at the kerbside. We don’t know when this photograph was taken.  The windows look as though they have been dressed for a special occasion.  Can anyone help us? John Sarginson asked: “Does anyone know when this was taken, or anything more of the co-op’s early days? I think my grandfather was sent there to open it as manager about or just before 1914. He and his family lived at Carlin How. any correction or further information would be welcomed.” Carolyn Richards advised the Archive: “My guess is that it’s sometime in the mid-thirties. Dad traded his bike for an Austin car not long before war broke out.”

Image courtesy of Carolyn Richards and thanks to John Sarginson and Carolyn Richards for the updates.

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