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Oldham Equitable Co Operative Society Buildings

A Grade II Listed Building in Waterhead, Oldham

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Latitude: 53.547 / 53°32'49"N

Longitude: -2.0892 / 2°5'21"W

OS Eastings: 394184

OS Northings: 405603

OS Grid: SD941056

Mapcode National: GBR FWVF.H6

Mapcode Global: WHB9B.W39L

Entry Name: Oldham Equitable Co Operative Society Buildings

Listing Date: 8 March 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1201676

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388905

Location: Oldham, OL4

County: Oldham

Electoral Ward/Division: Waterhead

Built-Up Area: Oldham

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Oldham St Barnabas

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text


780-1/1/42 (South East side)
Oldham Equitable Co-Operative
Society Buildings


Co-operative Society buildings. 1900. By Thomas Taylor of
Oldham. Ashlar faced to brick with Welsh slate roof.
3 principal storeys, divided unequally into 3 main sections
with massive gable flanked by blocks of 2 and 5 bays.
Left-hand range is gabled at right-angles to street, and has
modified ground floor, and 2 wide segmentally-arched windows
to first floor divided by polygonal pilasters which continue
across second storey and the parapet. Arcaded upper storey of
5 bays, with marked entasis to piers.
Similar pattern repeated in 5 bays to left of gable which are
roofed parallel to street. Central block comprises a high
gable at right-angles to street, with modified ground floor, 5
windows with bracketed sills and entablatures to first floor,
and massive semi-circular window with round-headed mullioned
lights above. Scalloped decoration above and below.
Coped gable with terminal pinnacles each side. "Oldham
Equitable Co-Operative Society" in decorative low relief above
first floor windows. Ground floor throughout has late C20
fascias but the original polished granite columns survive,
though mostly encased.
The building was originally of greater extent with a courtyard
to the rear, and the existing rear walls are faced with white
glazed brick.
The building was designed to include drapery, gentlemen's
outfitting, furnishing, boot and shoe, butchering and grocery
departments, together with offices, committee and board rooms,
and included an educational department with newsroom, library
and conversation room. 2 large public halls were also
(Walters C: The Combined History of the Equitable and
Industrial Societies: Manchester: 1900-: P.145-149).

Listing NGR: SD9418405603

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