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All Our Own Work
All Our Own Work

All Our Own Work

The Pioneers of Hebden Bridge and Their Co-Operative Mill


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $29.99 (US $29.99) (CA $35.99)

Publication Date: November 2015

ISBN 9780850367102

Rights: US & CA

Merlin Press (Nov 2015)

Price: $29.99


The co-operators of Hebden Bridge were to producer co-operation what the Rochdale Pioneers were to consumer co-operation – pioneers. Driven by a desire to create their own employment under their own control, weavers, cutters and machinists at the Nutclough fustian mill developed a successful business in a small Pennine town. At its peak it employed over 300 women and men. It ran for almost fifty years, each year profitable. Hebden Bridge's co-operative contributed leaders to the national co-op movement and to the emerging movement for workers' education. Its central figure Joseph Greenwood was involved in the creation of the International Co-operative Alliance. Women associated with the co-operative set up in Hebden Bridge the first branch of the Women's Co-operative Guild in the country. This richly researched and engrossing account of a worker-run business is the first significant study of early producer co-operatives in Britain for over a century.


"As co-operatives and mutuals return to the top of the economic, political and social agenda worldwide, the Hebden Bridge pioneers need remembering. This is a wonderful, timely celebration of their achievements. Bibby's book is essential reading." —Stephen Yeo, former Principal, Ruskin College, Oxford

Author Biography

Andrew Bibby is a professional writer and journalist, working as an independent consultant for a number of international and national organizations. He is a regular contributor to British national newspapers and magazines, and has worked with, the International Labour Organization, UNI Global Union, the International Cooperative Alliance and several UK government departments.