2 January 1845

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.

07a1At the first Pioneers meeting of 1845, the first item on the agenda is the appointment of James Smithies as superior attendant of the store. There are three new members: Abraham Butterworth (weaver, Pin Fold), Charles Shaw (smith, Ann Street) and Richard Lees (cotton spinner, Scott Lane). This week it is Charles Howarth’s turn to loan the law book.

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