History of Lindal & Marton
|A village community at the heart of Furness|
This page is reproduced from an article by Joanne Burgess, thought to have been in the Evening Mail, original publication date unknown but approximately 1984.
Shop in its time plays many parts
Few village shops could boast a history as unusual and varied as the one at Lindal, which has played an important role in the small farming community since the last century.
The corner shop started out as two cottages - then it became a store, then a branch of the Yorkshire Penny Bank, a fish and chip shop and a library. Now it has recently been turned into a hairdresser's and local farmers go for a trim on Wednesday nights, once the milking is out of the way.
Mrs Anne Watters and her husband bought the shop last year and they have been fascinated by its varied history.
"I always like to find out about the place where I am living," said Mrs Watters. "We were intrigued by a round patterned sign on the front of the shop and are still not sure what it signified.
Villager Miss Edna Marshall (57) was able to fill in some details for the Watters.
Her mother, Mrs Maud Marshall, ran the shop for 54 years and was known affectionately by old and young alike as "Aunty Maud."
"She sold anything and everything, from paraffin oil to rubbing stones for the steps," said Miss Marshall.
THE SHOP EVEN HAD A "PENNY BOX" - AN OLD ARMAMENTS CONTAINER WHICH CHILDREN COULD STAND ON SO THAT THEY COULD REACH THE COUNTER!
The shop had a big storeroom full of wool. Aunty Maud was also an enterprising businesswoman - she let the sitting room off once a week to the Yorkshire Penny Bank, which is probably why the house is now called Yorkshire House.
"She even sold fish and chips, had a go at making ice-cream and started a little library," said Miss Marshall. "She would have a go at anything; she was a hard worker."
Aunty Maud ran the shop until she was in her 70s, helped by Miss Marshall, who eventually took over.
Miss Marshall had the two cottages knocked into one in 1953, but she didn't close the shop while the work was going on. "We moved out lock, stock and barrel into the garage and I served from behind a counter there. It was quite a novelty," she recalled. She retired in 1981.
"Business had changed over the years. People tended to go out of the village to the big stores. In the old days, when there was little transport, they got everything at the village shop," she said.
Mr Peter Morton took over the shop for two years, before moving to run the former Co-op opposite, as a store.
Then Mrs Watters took over in October last year and things have completely changed.
"There were shelves everywhere which all had to be taken out, and it took me four days to strip the walls. We blocked off a couple of doors and the shampoo room is where the wool used to be stored," she explained.
As a hairdresser's shop she opens in normal hours, but also opens specially on Wednesday evenings to cater for the farmers. "They don't like to interrupt their day's work for a haircut," she pointed out.
Captions from photographs accompanying the original article
Please click on the links below to see the photographs. Unfortunately, the quality of the images is poor, due to being scanned from an old photocopy of the original newspaper article.
Picture from 1900: The corner shop at Lindal pictured in 1900 - a few mothers get together, but there's no sign of any traffic in the village.
Picture of the inside of the hairdressers': The new owner, Mrs Anne Watters (right) with Miss Edna Marshall, former owner, in the hairdressing salon that used to be the village shop.
Picture of the shop as it used to be: Miss Edna Marshall (right) pictured in the former corner shop at Lindal with assistant Mrs Margaret Balderstone. Walls lined with shelves and the shop packed with a huge variety of goods.