The History of Retail and Services in Cottesmore:
Hundred Years - One Shop
In 1901 George Patrick had a General Stores in Cottesmore. By 1911 he had moved to Notts. to be a Grocery Manager.
The Collard family ran a Grocery and General Store business in Cottesmore from 1916 until the fifties.
THE CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY
By the early sixties the Co-op had taken over the store.
ELSEYS THE BUTCHERS
In the seventies Mr Elsey had a butcher's shop. In 1983 Eric Sharpe bought the business and continued as a butcher until his death.
BROWN & FAMILY
The shop was still a butcher's in the nineties with the Chip Shop next door.
THE CHIP SHOP moved into these premises, and is still there in 2013.
SHOPS AND TRADES IN COTTESMORE 1850
GROCER and RECEIVER of MAIL Ann Lambert
DRAPERS Elizabeth Hollis Elizabeth Turner
BAKER AND MILLER William Arnold Gamble
BUTCHERS John Atkinson Benjamin Laxton Samuel Laxton
TAILOR William Newey
BOOT & SHOEMAKERS Thomas Allen William Thorpe
CARPENTERS Hollis & Christian
BLACKSMITHS William Hollis Thomas Surath
INN KEEPERS the Sun Francis Boulton
The Fox & Hounds Benjamin Laxton
The last census to mention The Fox and Hounds was 1861 when Mary Laxton, the widow of Benjamin was listed as the licensed victualler and William Laxton Junior was the licensed victualler at The Sun.
POST MASTER AND FANCY STATIONER Charles Bond
BAKER Mary Ann Corby and son
BUTCHER Herbert Mead
GROCER AND DRAPER Ernest Edward Moor
COAL MERCHANT AND FARMER John Thomas Hollis
PAINTER AND DECORATOR Richard Fountain
SUN INN Frank Buttress
HEAD of the NATIONAL SCHOOL Francis Fisher. This school had a capacity for 70 children. The average attendance was 65.
HEAD of the INFANTS' SCHOOL Martha Abbey Capacity 46 average attendance 26.
POST OFFICE still Charles Bond
GROCERS Arthur Gladstone Collard John Henry Ireland
BAKER John Garfoot
BUTCHERS Tyrrell and Garner
PAINTER and DECORATOR Richard Fountain
COAL MERCHANT John Thomas Hollis
HEAD of the NATIONAL SCHOOL Thomas Woods (65 children)
HEAD of the INFANTS' SCHOOL Mary Snowdon (40 children)