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John Thompson Reid, a Scotsman, established himself in Rushden in the mid 1880s as a grocer in Wellingborough Road. He married Lizzie, a Rushden girl, and soon built up the business, by adding beer to his stock and also operating a post office service from 136 Wellingborough Road. In 1901 he traded as a draper from 136 and as a beer retailer from the next door premises at 138, and was still running the grocery with his daughter Margaret as his assistant. By 1908 he had extended again, into number 142 & 144 Wellingborough Road and the family lived at 1 Dayton Street. The corner shop is the beer outlet, the central area the drapery at number 144.
About 1905 when John Reid had moved to 142
J A Reid
Bottled Beer Retailer
142 Wellingborough Rd

Their eldest son John Arthur trained as a plumber, and the second son James Bernard worked in the grocery shop.

John and James had taken over the business by 1926 when their father died; their mother Elizabeth died two years later.

James held the licence to sell wines and spirits. John took over the beer retailer licence from his mother

When James died in 1937 his wife May continued the business and in about 1950 it was taken over by Campbell Praed's of Wellingborough. May died in 1965.

The shops about 1908
Above: the house & shops in about 1915, below: in about 1924 - note the postbox.
About 1925
Above left: J A Reid beer bottle - rather tall like a wine bottle -
with its cork in place, is now given to Rushden Museum.
Above right - the seal over the cork with 'J R' monogram.
Wine catalogue 1930
Inside the catalogue
This Wine & Spirit price list dates from1929-30 and was found inside theshop when it was sold in about 1960.
Licensing Act 1921
letter 1952
May Reid bought a fireplace from
Messrs Dexter Ltd, Park Road, Wellingborough.
She wrote to them in February 1952 to say: “I have now got my fireplace fixed by the
Messrs Swindall & Sons, builders of Rushden,
and I am very pleased with it.
Thanks for all trouble taken.”
A price list from 1938
A price list from 1938 when May Reid was the licencee.

In the 1960s the shops were trading as Lankester's.

Numbers 142-146 Wellingborough Road and 1 Dayton Street
Number 136 where John began trading
The shop in 2008 is now Threshers, but remains a wine shop. The shop front has changed, the main building is outwardly still in original state. No. 146 is a florists.
No. 136 is now Michael  Watts, Insurance (far right).
140 is now a Thai food take-away & 138 is a Kebab House.

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