Cottage Homes, Netherton

The Cottage Homes are a row of five properties situated off Lightenfield Lane, Netherton, which were built as almshouses.


The cottages were erected by Alfred Sykes J.P. of Thongsbridge as a memorial to his parents on a plot of land behind the Hough Memorial School. The architects were Joseph Berry & Sons of Huddersfield.

The cornerstone was laid by Sykes' grandson, Alfred Guy Crowther, on Saturday 6 August 1910[1] and the properties were formally opened in May 1911 by Sykes' son, Alfred Hermon Sykes of Edgerton.

The cottages, which were built "for the use of the aged inhabitants" of Netherton, were partly endowed by Sykes and were managed by a group of trustees.[2]

The plaque above the front of the cottages reads:

To the Greater Glory of God
And in Chastened Memory of a Good
Father and an Exemplary Mother
These Cottage-Homes are Erected
By One of Their Children.
A.D. 1910

The plaque on the gable end of the cottages reads:

Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother
These Cottage-Homes were Built in Memory of His Parents by a
They were Opened by a
The Corner Stone was Laid by a
A.D. 1910

The properties are currently supported by the registered charity Netherton Cottage Homes[3], whose objective is the "provision of five cottage homes for the use and occupation by poor and necessitous persons living in the Ecclesiastical Parish of South Crosland in the County of York."

The historical records of the cottages from 1910 to 1987 are held by West Yorkshire Archives Service.[4]


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Notes and References

  1. Yorkshire Post (08/Aug/1910).
  2. Yorkshire Post (22/May/1911).
  3. Charity number 1080676.
  4. West Yorkshire Archive Service (reference: KC00992)