New Mills Co-operative Society

Scope and Content

This collection consists of half yearly and quarterly reports and balance sheets of New Mills Co-operative Society.

Administrative / Biographical History

New Mills Co-operative Society started on 22 October 1860 when a group of New Mills men bought a cow and divided the beef among them. The first shop was on the High Street and progress was slow but by 1920 the had a membership of 3,270. Throughout the twentieth century the society held a very prominent position in New Mills, however, by 1972 the society was in decline. It was therefore decided, in 1973, that the society would merge to become part of the larger Norwest Co-operative Society.

Access Information

All open materials can be viewed by prior arrangement, Monday- Friday, 10 am- 5 pm. Contact the Archivist at: National Co-operative Archive, Co-operative College, Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS.


Acquisition Information

Transferred to the National Co-operative Archive from the Co-operative Union Library in 2000. The collection had been part of the Co-operative Union's Miscellaneous collection.

Other Finding Aids

No other finding aids exist.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Adam Shaw, Archivist, September 2012.

Related Material

  • Papers of Norman Chadwick (New Mills Co-operative Society and Norwest Music Festival)- held at National Co-operative Archive.
  • Records of New Mills Co-operative Society held at Derbyshire Record Office.
  • Records of New Mills Co-operative Society held at Working Class Movement Library.

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