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I wonder if you will find this old building in Trawden as interesting as I do.

This is a lovely house now but at one time it was the Cooperative Society Shop, a much valued premises. You can tell from its size that it was a very important shop for such a small village! (The building behind is the St. Mary's Church.)

Robert Owen (1771–1858) is considered as the father of the cooperative movement. A Welshman who made his fortune in the cotton trade, Owen believed in putting his workers in a good environment with access to education for themselves and their children.

The Cooperative movement spread quickly in the north of England and 1886 a Cooperative Society Shop was opened in Colne, a nearby town. It took until 1935 before this shop in Trawden joined them.

The Cooperative movement was very important to working families. Money spent at the shop earned a dividend, a share of the accumulated profits, which were paid out twice a year.

Thank you for your interest, I will add a different view of the building as a workshop, Bev :-)

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