26 September 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.

03a (2)Thomas Chadwick becomes a member at this meeting, and James Smithies is absent again. Miles Ashworth, Charles Howarth and William Mallalieu are charged with finding a building suitable for the intended store. The discussion turns to the question of money: the collectors (who have presumably been appointed, yet this is not recorded) will find out how much each member can afford to invest before October 28th, this date being their aim to start definite work on the shop.

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