In 1935, there were 2 Fruiterer shop owners listed, these were Frederick Booths at 85 Talbot Street, and J. B. Booth at 32 Chapel Street.
In 1942 J. B. Booths moved to the High Street, Correspondence was read from the Rishton Traders Association to the Urban District Council, on the 10th December 1942, concerning the transfer of a fruiterer's business from 32, Chapel Street to 18, High Street, Rishton.
A letter was addressed to the Food Control Committee pointing out the full circumstances in connection with this case.
The grocers shop called Booths, that was situated on the block of shops, that is now, flanked by the Post Office and Norman Peter's the butchers, can be remembered, that they did have a delivery bike, or maybe two, with a smaller wheel at the front, over which, in a metal frame, sat a large wicker basket in which went the groceries to be delivered. This practice if I remember correctly, was also adopted by the Co-op on Commercial St. for both the grocery dept. and the butchers.
Booth's Grocers closed in the mid-sixties and I think it was then that Young's Newsagents, previously Edgar Howarth's News Agents (yes the very same that now occupies our old school!) crossed the road and bought Booth's premises.
In 1947, we have listing for 6 Fruiterers in the town, these were;
- W. S. Rudd, at 65 High Street,
- Birtwell Mathias, at 70 High Street,
- J. E. Walsh at 1 Danvers Street,
- J. H. Watkins, at 1 Derby Street,
- Frederick Booth, at 85 Talbot Street, and
- H. Simpson at 7 George Street.
Fruit and Vegetable Sales. An application for Licence was received from Mr. G. Foster, of 27, Edward Street, on the 12th June 1947, for a licence to hawk fruit and vegetables. It was Resolved by the Council that the application be granted in respect of a building situated on the Holt Allotments.
On the 27th May 1949, 65 High Street was taken over by William Leyland. Born on the 13th September 1911, "Billy" ran the store until the 22nd May 1976, when it ceased to be a green grocers and became a cake shop.
Four years later, in 1951, and there are still 6 surviving-
- H. Simpson, at 7 George Street,
- W. Danks, at 74 Hermitage Street,
- W. Leyland, at 65 High Street,
- M. Birtwhistle, at 70 High Street,
- J. Sanderson, 18 High Street, and
- F. Booth, at 85 Talbot Street,
No longer J. E. Walsh running the corner on Danvers Street, 1 Danvers Street was now occupied by H. Harwood.