Children's Home, New Hey Road, Outlane
- location: off New Hey Road, Longwood
- status: still exists
- category: property
- architect: John William Cocking (1856-1927)
- notes: now Old Golf House
At a meeting held in May 1899, Huddersfield Board of Guardians recorded that they had received "the sanction of the Local Government Board [...] for the purchase of three acres of land at Outlane as the site of children's cottage homes". The site chosen, known locally as Alpine Farm, belonged to Thomas Hoyle and was being offered at "10d. per superficial square yard". The children to be rehomed there were all currently inmates of Crosland Moor Workhouse and the decision to build the home at some distance away was deliberate — "to remove the children from the influence of adult pauperism". 
By December 1899, the Board of Guardians were advertising for tenders in the local press:
HUDDERSFIELD UNION. — Persons desirous to TENDERING for the various WORKS required in the ERECTION of CHILDREN'S HOMES, for the Guardians of the above Union, at Outlane, are requested to send their names at once to the Architect. Plans may be seen and Quantities obtained at the Offices of Mr J. William Cocking, Architect, Cloth Hall Street, Huddersfield, from January 9 to January 13 inclusive. Sealed and Endorsed Tenders (for which no allowance will be made) are to be delivered to me not later than 12 o'clock Noon on SATURDAY, January 13. The lowest or any Tender not necessarily accepted.
- E. A. RIGBY, Clerk to the Guardians.
- Union Offices, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield, December 22nd, 1899..
By July 1900, stone mason John Hellawell of Stainland had begun work on the site. The other constructors included slater Mr. M. Hirst (Hollywell Green), concreter John Cooke (Folly Hall), plasterer Mr. T. R. Crowther (Stainland), plumber Messrs. Milnes & Garside (Huddersfield), and ironmonger Messrs. T. A. Heaps & Co. (Huddersfield).
In July 1901, Mrs. Ann Hobson of Southgate, Honley, and Miss Clara Thornton of 15 Glebe Road, Marsh, had been appointed as the foster mothers for Outlane on a salary of £28 per annum.
The completed children's homes were opened on 19 August 1901 by the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Guardians, Miss Emily Siddon, and comprised two blocks, with "the plan adopted [being] that of the small English farmhouses" with "a large kitchen or living room and a parlour". The overall cost of the build was reported as £2,093 14s. 7d. plus £142 6s. 9d. for furnishings.
The children's home was closed in the 1920s and, together with the land, was offered for sale in 1926.
Alice Turner (aged 26) was the "foster mother" at the children's home. The following 11 children were listed as her foster children.
Alice Turner (aged 36) and Emily Senior (25) were recorded as the "foster mother"s at the children's home. The following 27 children were recorded as "inmate"s and their ages are given in years (y) and months (m).
|Joe||Sykes||11||8||M||mother alive, father not known|
|Dennis||O'Brian||7||2||M||mother alive, father not known|
|George||Hopkinson||4||0||M||mother alive, father not known|
|Arthur||Roland||7||0||M||parents not known|
|Florence||Sykes||13||4||F||mother alive, father not known|
|Margaret||Guest||8||9||F||mother alive, father not known|
|Robert||Wilson||13||3||M||mother dead, father not known|
|Ivor||Guest||11||10||M||mother alive, father not known|
|Willie||Nelson||11||8||M||mother dead, father not known|
Notes and References
- "Children's Homes at Outlane" in Brighouse News (26/May/1899).
- "Huddersfield Board of Guardians" in Huddersfield Chronicle (31/Jan/1899).
- "Huddersfield Board of Guardians" in Huddersfield Chronicle (14/Feb/1899).
- "Guardians' Election: West Ward" in Huddersfield Chronicle (01/Jul/1899).
- "Huddersfield Board of Guardians" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (17/Jul/1900).
- "The Opening of the Children's Homes at Outlane" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (19/Aug/1901).
- "Huddersfield Board of Guardians" in Bradford Observer (02/Jul/1901).
- "Enlightened Poor Law Rule" in Lancashire Daily Post (20/Aug/1901).
- "The Opening of the Children's Homes at Outlane" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (20/Aug/1901).
- "Huddersfield Union: Sale of Children's Homes, Outlane" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (12/Jan/1926).
- "Outlane Golf Club's Golden Jubilee" in Huddersfield Weekly Examiner (14/Jan/1956).
- Born 19 October 1900 at Shepley, mother's maiden name "White". 1901 Census was living in the house of (his great grandmother?) Hannah Whornum(?sp) aged 68. By 1921, he was boarding with his older brother Ernest at a house in Sowood, Stainland, and working as a farm labourer. By 1939, he'd married Laura (born 18 January 1905) and living with their children at Sowood where he worked as a dyer's labourer.
- Birth registered Q2 1902 at Huddersfield, mother's maiden name "White". By 1921, he was boarding with his older brother Ernest at a house in Sowood, Stainland, and working as a collier/trammer.
- Mother's maiden name "Wood". Born Q1 1899. Likely married Harry Allen in 1920.
- Misspelling of Norman Heseltine, son of foundry labourer George of 5 Cross Lane, Newsome Cross, Huddersfield.
- Recorded as "Phillis Lillian Maples" in 1911 Census. Daughter of dyer's labourer G. Albert Maples and his wife Rhoda Armitage Maples of 12 Trevelyan Place, Moldgreen, Dalton.
- Probably the daughter of woollen weaver Arthur Benson and his wife Priscilla of 51 Jumble, Crosland Moor, Lockwood (1911 Census). Birth registered Q2 1910.
- Very likely the daughter of dyer's labourer G. Albert Maples and his wife Rhoda Armitage Maples of 12 Trevelyan Place, Moldgreen, Dalton (1911 Census).
- Presumably the younger sister of Ivor and therefore the daughter of Margaret Elizabeth Guest Mile End, Middlesex. She possibly married Leslie Wilkinson in Huddersfield in Q3 1964.
- Birth registered Q2 1913, mother's maiden name "Raynor". Likely baptised 10 June 1913 at St Peter's Huddersfield, daughter of carter James and Janet Balderson of 5 Outcote Bank, Huddersfield.
- Son of dyer's labourer G. Albert Maples and his wife Rhoda Armitage Maples of 12 Trevelyan Place, Moldgreen, Dalton (1911 Census).
- Birth registered Q2 1910, mother's maiden name "Morgan" — so why was Ivor registered as "Guest" if his father was not known? In 1911, Ivor was living at 15 Chapel Fold, Halifax, with his dressmaker mother Margaret Elizabeth Guest (married) of Mile End, Middlesex, and siblings Kathleen (8), Arthur (5) and Stanley (3). Ivor possibly died in Lincolnshire in late 1988 or early 1989.