Built as a 3 Story Building
Now just the 1 Story
When you think just how many Co-ops there were in and around Hyde.... it must have been an important part of everyones daily life.
My mum used to say this a lot...
If she fell off the Co-op roof, she’d land in the Divvy "
The origins of the Co-operative Movement date back to the start of the 19th century and the ideals of the Welsh industrialist Robert Owen. He developed a model factory complex at New Lanark which included a store which sold at cost prices.
In 1838, Owen lectured in HYDE where co-op stores known as union or Brighton shops were already in existence. Hyde, Mottram and Mossley had opened in 1830, followed by Broadbottom in 1831 and Ashton in 1838. (Thanks to TMBC website)