Lascelles Hall Mechanics' Institute

The Lascelles Hall Mechanics' Institute was in existence by 1856[1] and was likely formed in 1855.[2]

An annual soirée was held in February 1859 at the National School, Kirkheaton, with between 400 to 500 people in attendance. According to the Leeds Times:[3]

About 400 persons partook of tea. Afterwards the public meeting was presided over by John Haigh, Esq. The annual report showed the institution to be in a most flourishing condition, the news room and classes were well attended, the books in the library well read, and after paying all expenses there was a balance of £5 in hand.

The institute was admitted to the Yorkshire Union of Mechanics' Institutions in 1859, along with Longwood Mechanics' Institute.[4]

The institute was still in existence in November 1879.[5]

According to the Kirklees Curiosities web site, the institute's hall and reading room later became a working men's club.[6]

Notes and References

  1. "Local and District News" in Huddersfield Chronicle (25/Oct/1856).
  2. According to "Lascelles Hall Mechanics' Institution" in Huddersfield Chronicle (28/Feb/1873), it was "about 18 years since the institute was first established".
  3. See "Huddersfield" in Leeds Times (19/Feb/1859) and "Local and District News" in Huddersfield Chronicle (19/Feb/1859).
  4. "Yorkshire Union of Mechanics' Institutions" in Leeds Times (18/Jun/1859).
  5. "District Intelligence" in Huddersfield Chronicle (29/Nov/1879).
  6. https://sites.google.com/site/kirkleescuriosities/file-cabinet/lascelles-hall