SJ8498 : Plaque to George Jacob Holyoake

taken 5 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Plaque to George Jacob Holyoake
Plaque to George Jacob Holyoake
On the corner of Holyoake House SJ8498 : Holyoake House.

The text reads:


The Co-operative Union is a Federation of Co-operative Societies in the United Kingdom for the purpose of propagandist and defensive action.

Its object are
1. To establish & organize co-operative societies.
2. To diffuse a knowledge of the principles of co-operation by advice and instruction - literary, legal and commercial.

This building was erected by the voluntary contributions of 794 co-operative societies members of the union to perpetuate the memory of the late George Jacob Holyoake one of the pioneers of co-operation, who for nearly 70 years was a strenuous worker for liberty and reform.

Born 1817, died 1906.
Holyoake House
After the co-operative activist George Jacob Holyoake died in 1906, the Co-operative Movement decided to commemorate him by building a permanent headquarters for the Co-operative Union. It was erected in 1911 on Hanover Street (also home to SJ8498 : CWS Hanover Building) and named Holyoake House. A plaque was erected outside the building dedicating the building to Holyoake's memory.

The building was extended in the 1930s, and the Training Centre on the top floor was destroyed by an incendiary bomb in the Manchester Blitz of 1940. It is a Grade II Listed Building (LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 28 November, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 29 November, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Person (from Tags)
George Jacob Holyoake 
Date (from Tags)
1906  1911 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8419 9889 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.1890N 2:14.3838W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8416 9888
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