Aberdareand District Co-operative Society Limited

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minute books 1871-1935; resolution books 1893-1899; wage schedules and agreements 1920-1923; rules for Trecynon and Cwmdare Industrial Co-operative Society 1904; poster advertising Cwmbach-Aberaman Co-operative Stores 1890 (c); correspondence 1894; photocopies of Notice of Special general meeting of Cwmbach-Aberaman Co-operative Society and resolution of amalgamation with the Aberdare and District Co-operative Society 1927; annual report and statement of accounts of Cwmbach-Aberaman Co-operative Society 1927; quarterly balance sheets of Aberdare Workmen's Industrial Co-operative Society 1872-1873; press-cuttings concerning Aberdare Co-operative Society from `The Co-operative News' 1873; account of the foundation of Aberdare Co-operative Society, undated;brief history of the Aberdare Co-operative Society, undated (20th century).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Aberdare and District Co-operative Society was an amalgamation of several societies in the Aberdare Valley. These societies had originally been in competition with one another. Cwmbach Co-operative Society in 1860 was the first co-operative society to be set up in Wales; Trecynon Co-operative Soceity was established in 1865 followed by the Aberdare Co-operative Society in 1869. In the late ninetenth and early twentieth centuries it was Cwmbach which was thedominant society in the valley, however the larger societies in South Wales wereparticularly badly hit by the depression of 1921 and suffered huge reductions intrade and losses in member numbers. Cwmbach society was greatly affected and matters were made worse for it with the amalgamation of the Aberdare and Trecynon societies in 1924. The end result was the amalgamation of the Aberdareand Cwmbach societies in 1927. Annual sales for the amalgamated society later became higher than for any other Welsh co-operative society and in 1929 Aneurin Davies the Secretary and Executive Officer of the Aberdare and District Co-operative Society was elected as a Director of the Co-operative Wholesale Society, a national body.

The threat of the trend from the 1960s for out-of-town superstores led to the Aberdare and District Co-operative Society transfering its engagements to Co-operative Retail Services Limited in 1988. The CRS reduced the number of local autonomous societies and concentrated on forming large regional societies to cope with the threat.

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Access unrestricted unless stated otherwise.

Conditions Governing Use

Reprographic: No publication without written permission from the Archivist.