Where Co-operators Set the Pace

In Mytholmroyd a small cottage at Square, Scout Road, where Edward Henry Horsfall ran a school, was the starting point. In 1861 members moved to bigger premises next door to the White Lion, Burnley Road, where a shop was opened.

Once established Mytholmroyd Co-operative set the pace, becoming one of the first in the district to offer houses to customers. In 1869 land at Scout Road was purchased for 1,300; re-named Grove Terrace eight houses were built and sold to members. So successful was the venture that a second block of 12 homes followed in 1874.

Midgley Co-operative Society, too, was proving a great success. Members first met in a school- house at the top of Smithy Fold known as the "Radical Hoil." By 1861 premises at Lydgate had been acquired, run by Thomas Greenwood - over 40 years later still known as "Tom at Co-op".

Four cottages at the bottom of Thorney Lane, purchased in 1865, became the society's main store. Five years later the villagers' pride and joy, the Co-operative Hall, was erected on the site known as Grand Stand. The hall remained the social hub of the village until around 1960 when it closed.

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