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NORTHUMBERLAND

Wallsend Co-operative Society. 1860s
Small estate built by Co-operative Retail Society - Rochdale St, Provident Terrace, Mutual St & Equitable St.
GRID REF: NZ285663
REF: Industrial Colonies & Communities. ed.S.Jackson. Fingerpoint 1988.

Annfield Plain Society C1888
134 houses built by Co-operative retail society in local villages.
GRID REF: NZ174513
REF: Industrial Colonies & Communities. ed.S.Jackson. Fingerpoint 1988.

Bishop Auckland Industrial Co-operative Society C1888
Co-operative retail Society provided houses for employees and from 1897 onwards helped members to buy their own homes.
GRID REF: Location Unknown
REF: Industrial Colonies & Communities. ed.S.Jackson. Fingerpoint 1988.

Northern Allotments Society. C1890s
Society formed to provide land and assistance to working men who wanted to become smallholders. In 1892 bought the Whaggs Lodge Estate west of Gateshead. Had up to 100 resident members.
GRID REF: Location unknown
REF: Roses & Revolutionists. Nigel Todd. Peoples Publications 1986

Windy Nook & District Industrial Co-op.Soc.C1890s
Co-operative Retail Society built houses for sale to members. Also built a street of rented properties.
GRID REF: NZ270599
REF: Industrial Colonies & Communities. ed.S.Jackson. Fingerpoint 1988.

Clousden Hill Free Communist & Co-operative Colony 1895 - 1902
Anarchist Land Colony inspired by the ideas of Kropotkin, ran an intensive market garden on 20 acres at Clousden Hill Farm with local support from the ILP and Co-operative movement. The colony came to an end in 1898 due to 'internal dissension' with on ex-member commenting that 'Angels might have lived the Life, flesh and blood could not.' Frank Starr. Was taken over by two members who ran it as the Clousden Hill Co-operative nurseries until it went bankrupt in 1902.
GRID REF: NZ271684 Forest Hill
REF: Roses & Revolutionists. Nigel Todd. Peoples Publications 1986

Whaggs Commune 1898 - ?
Anarchist commune set up after the end of the Clousden Hill community, on land owned by the Northern Allotments Society at Whickham.
GRID REF: Location Unknown
REF: Roses & Revolutionists. Nigel Todd.

The Ladies Settlement C1905
Womens University Settlement.
GRID REF: Darlington
REF: Listed in Labour Annual 1905

Congregational House. C1905
Womens University Settlement.
GRID REF: Middlesboro
REF: Listed in Labour Annual 1905

Shilbottle 1916 - ?
Small colliery and cottages bought by Co-operative Wholesale Society following war time coal shortage. Society built semi-detached houses with gardens and gave land for a co-op store, chapel and Aged Miners' Homes.
GRID REF: NU197088
REF: The New History of CWS.P.Redfern. 1938 Dent & Sons

Stanington 1935 - 82?
Land Settlement Association smallholding scheme. (See Chawston Beds.)
GRID REF: NZ212793
REF: Colin Ward D&D 94/95

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