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Milnrow Co-operative Heritage Trail

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Milnrow Co-operative Heritage Trail

The development of co-operative societies and enterprises in Milnrow, Newhey and Ogden reflect many aspects of the optimism and commercial skills of early co-operators. Here we find stores and their branches, mills and industrial development, housing, and the extensive use of the railways as aids to development. At Ogden the co-op became the central focus of the village (alongside church, pub, waterworks and farms) and its managers adapted their retail techniques to succeed into the early 21st century, becoming world-famous in the process. The fortunes of the co-operative societies varied over the years, as did those of co-ops everywhere - changes in industry and society, and also national developments had their impacts.

The history of the society can be traced on this trail despite the changing face of the town centre over the years.

The Trail

This trail is divided in three sections and the Milnrow section about 45 minutes to complete. Then Newhey and Ogden may be reached by car. The trail starts at Milnrow on Kiln Lane. Milnrow can be reached by bus from Rochdale bus station (routes 58, 59, 451, 452 and 462), by Metrolink from both Rochdale Railway Station and Rochdale Town Centre stops. Alternatively, Milnrow can be accessed by car.


Read how the volunteers of Co-operatives History Group (Rochdale) have been raising awareness and download Co-op Heritage Trails maps.

For more information about the trail or to pick up the leaflet, contact Rochdale Visitor Information Centre on 01706 924928 or online at

Milnrow Ogden Newhey Co-op Trail External link Five ways to wellbeing
Milnrow Co-operative Heritage Trail (2.5Mb pdf) Explore the Five Ways to Wellbeing