Chesterfield Co-operative Society

Co-op Plaque West Bars Chesterfield

The Chesterfield & District Co-operative Provident Society Limited was founded in 1894 with the first premises in New Square Chesterfield.

Chesterfield First Co-op New Square

The West Bars premises as opened in May 1903.

Chesterfield Co-op West Bars

History Milestones

1894 :

25th March – Premises procured in New Square

12th April – Registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1876

28th April – Opening Day for Grocery business

30th April – A public tea and meeting held

29th September – First Report and Balance Sheet presented :

Sales : £1,268

Dividend to members : 1s in the £1

Members : 114


8th October – Business premises transferred from New Square to West Bars

18th June – Formation of Women’s Guild


16th February – First order placed for 1 dozen Co-operative news weekly


8th October – Educational Fund formed


15th August – Land purchased at West Bars

November – Donation towards Queen’s Park extension


13th January – Quarterly Meeting. Committee empowered to deal with the building of the proposed new Stores in West Bars.

25th March – No 1 Branch Whittington Moor opened


20th May – New Central premises in West Bars opened for business

13th July Membership reached 1,000


20th September – Formal opening for Grocery and Drapery business at Brimington (No 2 Branch)


10th July – Amalgamation of Whittington and District Co-operative Society comprising two shops, these being Nos 3 and 4 branches.


January – Membership 3,000

February – No 5 Branch agreed at Brampton


7th October – Special Shareholders’ Meeting approves amalgamation with the Hasland Society

28th October Alteration of name of Society to “Chesterfield and District Co-operative Society Limited”


8th January – Members agree the amalgamation of Pilsley Society


24th November – Land purchased in Elder Way


12th April – Society Party under the constitution and affiliated to the Co-operative Party formed

September – Membership reached 17,000


January – First Committee of the Co-operative Party local Committee elected

March – Highest figure recorded in the cash sales of the Society – £625,897

Thanks to the Co-operative Party for this timeline