London Globe (28/Oct/1919) - Huddersfield's Future

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(By a Special Representative of "The Globe.")

The late Sir John Ramsden's estate in Huddersfield, which comprises practically the whole of the town, and which was stated to have been sold to the Huddersfield Corporation for £1,300,000, may possibly be bought by a Huddersfield man.

Mr. S. W. Copley, of Elstree, the director of the Western Australian Insurance Company, Limited, is negotiating for the purchase of the estate, and the negotiations are stated to be proceeding favourably.

"If I buy it," said Mr. Copley to "The Globe" representative, "I intend to have it cut up and to allow my tenants every opportunity to obtain final ownership of the houses they occupy by purchase in small periodical instalments, payment of these instalments will be spread over a long period, possibly twenty years. I shall give my tenants all possible banking and insurance facilities if I find that the scheme shows promise of practical success,

"My idea is that workmen in any particular localised industry should live in the neighbourhood of their work and enjoy the best possible housing conditions. Workmen should have the opportunity of designing the houses in which they are to live, and the workmen's wife should be called into council when the home is being prepared for her family.

"If land-owning employers had this consideration more clearly before their minds, they would be able to deal with many urgent problems involved in big industry. When the workman and his wife have built their own home on the estate of their employer and are part and parcel of the industry of the locality in the fullest and best sense of the word, it is unlikely that strikes would be very popular."