Pioneers @ Rochdale direct history  

View Rochdale History in a larger map

 Google maps often update, so some mapping images may appear blank, if so click on view larger map. We will be replacing street view, with Videos.

                       Mapourpast.  Adding the Past to Maps Today!


 The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers was a group of 10 weavers and 20 others in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, that was formed in 1844.[3] As the mechanisation of the Industrial Revolution was forcing more and more skilled workers into poverty, these tradesmen decided to band together to open their own store selling food items they could not otherwise afford. With lessons from prior failed attempts at co-operation in mind, they designed the now famous Rochdale Principles, and over a period of four months they struggled to pool one £1-0-0 per person for a total of 28 pounds of capital. On 21 December 1844, they opened their store with a very meager selection of butter, sugar, flour, oatmeal and a few candles. Within three months, they expanded their selection to include tea and tobacco, and they were soon known for providing high quality, unadulterated goods. Ten years later, the British co-operative movement had grown to nearly 1,000 co-operatives.

The Archive for the Co-operative movement in Rochdale is held by Local Studies, Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust.[4]

Rochdale Pioneers traded independently until 1991, with name changes inspired by mergers with neighbouring co-operatives, as Pioneers from 1976, and Norwest Pioneers from 1982, based inWythenshaweManchester by 1991. In 1991, then Norwest Co-operative Society transferred its engagements to United Co-operatives, that was run from Rochdale when it in turn transferred to the Manchester-based national hybrid society, The Co-operative Group, in 2007.[5][6][7][8][9]


Pioneer founders
George Ashworth, Miles Ashworth, Samuel Ashworth, James Bamford, John Bent, David Brooks, Thomas Chadwick,    John Collier, William Cooper, James Daly, John Hill, James Holt, Charles Howarth, James Maden, William Mallalieu,   James Manock, James Riley, Benjamin Rudman, John Scowcroft, Joseph Smith, James Smithies, James standring, Robert Taylor, William Taylor, James Tweedale,  John Whitehead,             William Williams, 
Arbitrators but not members. 
Charles Barnish,  John Garside,  George Healy,     John Lord,    James Wilkinson, 
Original Trustee, but withdrew. 
William Walker, 
Source. D Flanagan, Librarian

the cooperative union Library Manchester.

Please email if any of this information needs correcting