- Martin Purvis
Rochdale Pioneers (act. 1844), promoters of co-operation, began with a capital of £28, and tradition therefore holds that there were twenty-eight Rochdale Pioneers who, in 1844, founded the society that inspired the modern co-operative movement. No consensus exists, however, about the composition of the group and over forty men have been named as members in various previous accounts. If the true pioneers were those who contributed actively to the opening of the store in ...