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photoblog image The Co-op

The Co-op

Founded in Rochdale in the 19th century the Co-op was a mutual, owned by its' customers. At a time when much food was adulterated to make it more profitable the Co-op ensured that good quality food was sold at a fair price and the profits went to the customers as a dividend. Most people can remember their co-op number.Ask Ange! 

 

Sadly the Co-op is going through major problems now which is sad to see as it has been a great boon to many ordinary people for a long time and was a much trusted and loved institution. 

The Co-op

Founded in Rochdale in the 19th century the Co-op was a mutual, owned by its' customers. At a time when much food was adulterated to make it more profitable the Co-op ensured that good quality food was sold at a fair price and the profits went to the customers as a dividend. Most people can remember their co-op number.Ask Ange! 

 

Sadly the Co-op is going through major problems now which is sad to see as it has been a great boon to many ordinary people for a long time and was a much trusted and loved institution. 

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Apr 2014, 00:51
It would be a great pity if it becomes nothing more than a lovely old building, Bill.
Bill Phillips: This one is now the cafe at Avoncroft Museum Ray but there are still a lot of Co-op stores around the country. We booked our Honeymoon in Spain through the Co-op in 1971!
Lovely image!!! I hope it can be saved- it does seem like a wonderful thing.
Bill Phillips: I would hate to see the Co-op go. They are an important part of what we are in the UK
fantastic treatment. you've really made it a stunner
Bill Phillips: Thanks very much Ayush
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Apr 2014, 06:12
Very interesting information - a fine institution (similar to a German one) of the 'big society' DC would say - a beautiful building - and a fine treatment a la Bill!
Bill Phillips: The Co-op was a great leap forward in honest trading. Many shops adulterated food to increase profits and short measured people. People trusted the Co-op and it is a shame to see the mess they are in now
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Apr 2014, 07:33
Wonderful stuff - I well remember going to the Co-op with my mother as a child and her quoting her divi. number.

I was surprised they didn't ask one of the Stooges to become the boss of the organization instead of the Reverend Flowers - any one of us would have made a better job of running the organization
Bill Phillips: We could hardly have done any worse.
My mum used to work at the local co-op.
Bill Phillips: Angela's Dad was a Co-op milkman
What a beautiful shot of a very quaint building. I am a member of a few co-ops as they are very popular here.
I'm with Ray here, Bill. The food business stinks.
Bill Phillips: When it began, and for many years the Co-op was an example of ethical and honest trading.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Apr 2014, 13:07
Fine pic. I do hope they can get their act together.
Bill Phillips: So do I. We have almost destroyed any sort of mutual and that is a great shame
The Coop...hasn't had its fair share of good news..
This is nice image to remember the good old coop! nice one Bill
Bill Phillips: Ange's Dad was a Milkman at the Co-op and her mum was a loyal Co-op and Labour party supporter all her life. They would be very sad to see the state of both the Co-op and Labour party these days
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 3 Apr 2014, 13:59
I love the way you have just clipped the apex of the roof. A fine old building here.
Bill Phillips: A sad compromise between getting the whole building in or getting it straight and vertical as possible. A competent photographer would have left enough space around the subject to allow for post processing.


I'm not feeling well
Your treatment suits this,Bill. A fine old institution being ruined, by *ankers, ( I mean bankers of course, do I? smile
Bill Phillips: I know exactly what you mean Frank and agree
This is a fine old shop. We have a medium sized Co-op but now Asda have opened a similar sized shop and pinched most of the customers, apart from us. BTW my Mum's number was 43124, much good may it do either of us knowing smile
Bill Phillips: There is a Co-op not far from Helen's and we use it sometimes on our way back fro hers, and she uses it too. When we lived in Brum there was a very nice local Co-op
A pity to see these institutions disapearing Bill!
A wonderful image.
Bill Phillips: It is still going but somehow is tarnished by events recently Richard
Nice shot Bill, very interesting.
Bill Phillips: Thanks john
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Apr 2014, 21:20
Great image Bill
Bill Phillips: Pleased you like it Anne
What a great building, Bill. Nicely captured.
Now you've made me feel guilty about changing my bank account this week after years of being with the Co - Op! Sadly it doesn't feel very trustworthy any more.
Very nice POV and history of the building.
Can't remember my mum's, but the divi was always looked forward to!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2014, 12:56
I remember the old Co-op with their "divies". For around 35 years, I have bank with the Co-op Bank but now I've moved my account. I have a Co-op shop at either end of my road which is about 1/4 mile long.

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