The Taylor's Timeline

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  1. 1946

    Osbert and Bessie Taylor leased 9 Market Place Tickhill (the shop) 14.12.46 from Mappins brewery. Beer off selling a few Grocery items. Living accommodation to the rear was condemned.

  2. 1947

    Osbert Taylor gave notice on his job, working on the Railway to join
    Bessie in the shop.

  3. 1948

    Top story removed New living accommodation to rear built, Taylor family moved in.

  4. 1956

    9 Market Place and next Door 10 purchased from the Landlord, Mappins.
    Roy joined the business. Two shops joined together and shop front which exists today was built.

  5. 1958

    John (left) joined the business.

  6. 1965

    Part of the living accommodation was demolished and added to the shop sales area. Self-service was introduced.

  7. 1972

    All remaining living accommodation, plus garden was added to the store.

  8. 1975

    Roy elected Chairman of Escafeld the delivered wholesaler which supplied the store.

  9. 1977

    NISA created from the larger Escafeld members.

  10. 1981

    Christopher joined the business

  11. 1995

    Warehouse extended. New staff toilets built.

  12. 1996

    Full product scanning introduced with total stock control system.

  13. 1998

    John retired from the business. NISA leaflets delivered to 3,000 homes in DN11 postcode. Special offers and multibuys available in Tickhill.

  14. 2000

    Osbert and Bessie both Died.

  15. 2006

    Christopher elected by NISA members to the National Retail Council.

  16. 2009

    Taylors win the NISA Making a difference locally award.

  17. 2010

    Christopher Elected Chairman of the NISA National retail council.

  18. 2012

    Taylors win the Warburtons community retailer of the year award.

  19. 2014

    Christopher joined the NISA Independent and Specialists advisory committee.

  20. 2015

    Christopher appointed a Trustee on the NISA Foundation Board

TAYLOR’S OF TICKHILL 70 Years in the Market Place.

Eleven days before Christmas on December 14th 1946, Osbert and Bessie Taylor became tenants of an Off Licence and small food store at 9, Market Place, Tickhill. It was just after the end of the Second World War when food rationing was still in operation. The property was owned by Mappins Brewery of Rotherham, as was the Butchers shop next door. The living accommodation behind the two shops and the third floor of the property were pronounced to be unfit for habitation. Two years later they were demolished and rebuilt, leaving only the shop areas in their original condition and size. The Taylor family moved in to the accommodation.

During the first two years Bess worked on her own in the shop, whilst Os kept his job as a railway signalman. During this time the shop was refitted, the stock range was increased, refrigeration introduced and gradually the number of registered customers for the rationed foods increased, to the extent, that when the takings reached £100 per week, Os gave in his notice on the railway and joined Bess in the shop.

Local deliveries were introduced, first of all on a hand barrow, then the traditional `Shop Bike`, and later by Van, when they were able to afford a second hand Austin. The small shop was extended into the rear storeroom in 1952 giving more display space for the wider stock range, which now included Fruit and Vegetables giving emphasis to local produce when in season from the gardens of Sandbeck, Hesley and Serlby Halls.
Prior to the family owning a vehicle, Os took the Bus to Doncaster Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers and returned with the stock, which was placed in the luggage area under the stairs.

Business continued to prosper and in 1956, their eldest son Roy joined the family business. In the same year, Mappins Brewery offered the purchase of the freehold to the family as the Butcher next door was retiring from the trade. The offer was accepted and the two shops were made into one and the present shop front was installed. In 1958 their second son John, joined the business. The next extension of the selling area was in 1965, when the storage area to the left of the property was taken into the sales area. Self Service, a major step forward, was introduced and a Wine and Spirit Licence was added to the original Beer Licence.
During the ensuing years major housing development took place in the village and the family realised that to remain competitive with the rapid growth of the national multiples, their premises needed to be extended further. Consequently, the major decision was taken in 1972, to enlarge the shop to its present size, taking into the sales area all the downstairs living accommodation and gardens so as to accommodate a warehouse, preparation rooms and an office.
Christopher the grandson of Os and Bess joined the family business in 1981. John retired in 1998, and sadly both Bess and Os died in the year 2000. Roy and Christopher, assisted by their wives Celia and Julie manage this unique family business, supported by their friendly, loyal staff who are a vital and essential asset to this type of retail operation.

14th December 2016 marks the 70th anniversary for “Taylors of Tickhill” Seventy years of retailing is a tremendous achievement for any independent business. Taylor’s achievement is even more remarkable as during these years they have been part the biggest change in retail distribution that this country has ever experienced. From rationing with over the counter service, to self-service and then full product scanning. Online shopping is the latest challenge for the traditional high street. Taylor’s, now in the third generation of family partnership are committed to continue their trading in the Market Place with the same service, quality and friendliness which they been proud to offer and develop over the past 70 years.