Keighley Ironworks Society
1885 'Under the auspices of the Keighley Industrial Cooperative Society a scheme is on foot for the formation of a new Ironworks Society at Keighley. A circular has been issued calling attention to the fact that on the basis of copartnership of labour similar societies have been in existence and have been successfully carried on at Rochdale, Oldham, Leicester, Coventry, and other places. The prospectus sets forth that the society shall be called the Keighley Ironworks Society, limited, and that its business shall to manufacture washing and wringing machines, the nominal capital to be £4,000, in 4,000 shares of £1 each, be paid in seventeen instalments.'
1899 CO-OPERATIVE PRODUCTION. Some 250 Co-operative delegates fromn Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Cheshire societies aseembled in Kelghley on Saturday for the conference of the north-western section of the Co-oporative Union, and for the corner-stone laying of new and large premises for the Keighley Ironworks Society, who are adding iron and brass bedstead making to that of washing machines and mangles. The premises will cost from £5,000 to £6,000. Mr. Hebden Colburn (president of the Keighley Ironworks Society) presided, and Mr. Benjamin Ambler (the secretary of the Keighley Ironworks Society) read a paper on "Co-operation among Co-operators." The Batley Society was represented by Messrs. J. W. Brook, W. Greenwood. and Allen Halstead. Mr. W. H. Childe, the secretary, was present as representing the Co-operative Union.'
Sources of Information
- Bradford Daily Telegraph - Thursday 30 April 1885
- Batley Reporter and Guardian - Friday 21 April 1899
- Cotton Factory Times - Friday 05 June 1908