Thomas Hirst – Huddersfield’s pioneer co-operator

Local members of the Cooperative Party, backed by their sponsored MP, Barry Sheerman, are attempting to obtain permission to restore the sadly neglected grave stone of Thomas Hirst, one of the founders of the first wave of cooperation, more than a decade before the Rochdale Pioneers.  This is a summary of what is known about the man and the local movement.  Further information, particularly from any descendents interested in helping with the grave renovation, will be gratefully received. Continue reading