Liverpool Co-opertaive Society

Scope and Content

This series consists of records created by Liverpool Co-operative Society including photographs, a share account statement, a pamphlet on the Liverpool Chapel of Repose and a cheque book.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1885 Abraham Howard, committee member of Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society, came to Liverpool. In Jun 1886 he helped to set up the City of Liverpool Equitable Co-operative Scoiety and became its first President with George Sheard its first Secretary. The business started in the back parlour of the Secretary's house in Medlock Street with a membership of 38.

In 1898 the Society took over the Bootle and Seaforth Society that had formed in 1891. In Jan 1915 the City of Liverpool Equitable Co-operative Society and Toxteth Co-operative Provident Society merged to form the Liverpool Co-operative Society. In 1975 the Society transferred its engagements to the Co-operative Retail Services.

Source: 'Co-operative Centenary 1844-1944' by L du Garde Peach (1944).