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The modern-day co-operative movement was founded by a group of workers as a grocery shop in Toad Lane, Rochdale in 1844. This led to the formation of the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS), forerunner of today’s Co-operative Group, which is still trading from its headquarters in Manchester. This chapter explores the growth and development of the movement through Manchester’s Co-operative Quarter, showing how the organisation commissioned new buildings as it expanded, and embraced new architectural styles – from art deco to international-style modernism. Now rebranded as a retail and leisure district known as NOMA, many of these landmark buildings are finding new uses.


Something rich and strange


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