on the Internet happened to drop upon a selection of "Garlick's
Cash Stores Hesketh Bank" tokens for sale by a coin
dealer. We decided to buy the coins, bring them home and
find out what they were for later.
Store was located on Shore Road just after Guide road on
the right when traveling towards the School. Many people
have commented on there being an old hand cranked petrol
pump on the pavement, the shop being dark and smelling of
paraffin and candles.
Most thought the tokens to be a form of loyalty reward in
place until the 1930's (perhaps by way of combating the
impact of the Co-Op dividend). An extract from the Southport
Visitor (November 3rd 1995) supports this theory with Keith
Garlick, grandson of the shop owner, quoted as saying "I
believe they were given as dividend tokens similar to CoOp
stamps" Ted Bramwell, who grew up yards away from the
shop, is also quoted in the same article; "when you
took pop bottles and jam jars back to the shop you got one
of these Garlick pennies, and when you spent a certain amount
in the store, you got a Garlick shilling. Families would
save the Garlick pennies and shillings up for a special
the Garlick's Cash Store Tokens often appear for sale on
the internet, selling at around £2.50 for an average
example and up to £4.00 each for very fine examples.
you know different or have any comments or photos of Garlick's
shop please get in touch.