A Top Tea Treasure: Co-op’s Indian Prince

Feast of the M60 unravels a tea time treasure

It has been a while since yours truly had ventured into a Co-op for anything besides a pint or two of milk. Yet my latest visit to Manchester’s Corporation Street branch did involve two pints of milk and a box of tea bags.

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All at the Co-op: Cooperative Society Stores in Dukinfield

There for us since 1844: from Chapel Street to Fir Tree Lane

In 1844, a retailing revolution was born. Chronic unemployment, high food prices and unscrupulous practices by some grocers led to the formation of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers. This set the foundations for the rise of the Cooperative Movement, so much so that persons of a certain age can remember their Divi Number. By the start of 20th century, there would numerous cooperative societies up and down the United Kingdom. The concept would be copied overseas with equally great success.

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