26 December 1844

2014 marks the 170th anniversary of the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society.  To celebrate this special anniversary the Pioneers 170 blog will guide you through the Pioneers’ first year.

06b (1)The Rochdale Pioneers’ Toad Lane store opened in December 21 1844, just over four months after the society’s formation. This meeting is the first after the opening of the store. They resolve that it will be lighted by gas as soon as possible. On the opening night, the store had been lit by candles because the gas company would not supply gas, as they didn’t expect the Pioneers to be able to pay for it. Miles Ashworth is put in charge of organising the gas fitting.

They also pay the blacksmith’s bill at this meeting, and arrange for James Daly to provide books. William Williams loans the law book for a week, and it is noted that he returns it on January 2 1845. The collectors are charged with telling all members to attend the Quarterly General Meeting on Monday January 6 1845. The candidates from last week become members, and Richard Lees is admitted as a candidate.

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You can also find out about the Pioneers 170 Christmas Celebration on Wednesday 17 December 2014