Historic documents and photographs have been saved amid the revamp of a village store.
Workers on the refurbishment project at Shepley’s Co-operative shop had been set to dispose of archives found buried in the premises.
Shepley Village Association member, Carol Warham, said: “It would seem that we were not only in danger of losing our village Co-operative store, but the 160 years of history that belonged to it!
“Fortunately during the refurbishments, some of the Co-op committee members rescued a great deal of documentation.
“These included photographs of the original shop in Marsh Lane, various financial documents included accounts going back to the 1890s, plans for the properties in Yew Tree Road, handwritten letters, rule books and even petrol rationing coupons.”
The old paperwork and images have been handed over to the village library for safe-keeping.
“There are many intriguing and fascinating documents,” added Carol.
“The society owned a number of houses in the village. A ledger was discovered showing the rentals income from 1917.
“A variety of early 20th century share certificates show how the society invested its money.
“One particularly interesting document is a beautifully hand written agreement between the society and the local Liberal club dated 1882.
“We hold rule books dated 1935. Many of the rules relate to women, especially single women.
“There’s also Society accounts back to the start of the 20th century.
“Many of Shepley residents have already been delighted to look at these papers when they have been on display in the library where they are permanently stored.”
The association is keen on building its archive at the library and is particularly interested in any information and photographs that relate to life in Shepley village in 1914 and onwards.