Monday, 13 August 2018

Celebrating some more of Salford’s finest buildings ........ the Pendleton Co-operative Industrial Society

Now here is an example of all things that were best about the Co-op.

We are on Littleton Road and this is one of the 54 branches of The Pendleton Co-operative Industrial Society which had been founded in 1860 and by 1911 had shops across Salford.

Its central store which included a grocers, and drapers had opened in 1887 was extended in 1903 and became a listed building in 1990.

The society also boasted a warehouse, bakery, diary, ice making and refrigerating plant, slaughterhouses and a coal office.

The central store is still an impressive building but I have fondness for the smaller one on Littleton Road.

And part of that is because of the detail of the architecture.

Now the building is practical no nonsense example of a late 19th century retail outlet, but there was a pride here in what the co-op was doing and the vision of co-operation which was at its heart.

So while this is a functional building there was pride n the border over the door, and the name picked out in the eaves.

I don’t know how many residents gave it a second glance but I know I would.

So there you have it.

This was the first of Andy's strolls into Pendleton and in the course of the day he came across a whole set of interesting buildings.

Some are still doing what they were intended for, others have fallen on hard times and others have become something else.

Location; Salford

Pictures; Pendleton Co-operative Industrial Society, 2016 from the collection of Andy Robertson 


  1. From lorenzo23 "Celebrating some more of Salford’s finest building...":

    Good photos of marvellous old tile work. Pedantic note it's the Pendleton Co-operative industrial Society. There is no "and" word. Getting your name & rule book registered was a big deal back in mid 19th Century. Putting Industrial or Equitable in the title helped. It was the Industrial & Provident Societies Act 1852. Otherwise you could end up as the ludicrous named Barnsley Briitish Co-op Society by the registrar.

  2. Thanks Lorenzo ...... all tidied up sadly facebook won't let me change the title

  3. 'I don’t know how many residents gave it a second glance but I know I would'. As a child I admired it and until I was nearly 17 it was the view from my bedroom window (along with the modern artwork Tree of Knowledge on Cromwell School).