Taylor Hill Working Men's Club

Taylor Hill Working Men's Club was inaugurated on Saturday 8 September 1866 when around "270 persons partook of tea in the Lockwood National Schoolroom", presiding over by James Priestley. Afterwards, a talk was given by surveyor and architect John Henry Abbey of Lockwood.[1]

According to a 1914 articles, the club was initially run as a mutual improvement society.[2]

Members had access to a reading room which was stocked with "four daily and five weekly newspapers, and, during the Parliamentary session, two London daily papers". By October 1967, the club had 50 ordinary and 12 honorary members.[3]

In 1871, the club took over a property on Taylor Hill, a "portion of which was fitted up for the use of the [Lockwood Church] choir, and the remainder for the Working Men's Club, as reading, smoking, and bagatelle rooms, with a large piece of ground adjoining, for quoits, brasses, and other outdoor amusements". The new premises was formally opened with a tea party held on Saturday 21 October 1871.[4]

The club survived until 1985 when it was forced to close with reported debts of £25,000.[5]

Notes and References

  1. "Taylor Hill: Inauguration of a Working Men's Club" in Huddersfield Chronicle (15/Sep/1866).
  2. "Tea and Gala" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (27/Jul/1914).
  3. "Lockwood: Soiree of the Taylor Hill Working Men's Club" in Huddersfield Chronicle (02/Nov/1867).
  4. "Taylor Hill: Tea Party and Entertainment at Taylor Hill" in Huddersfield Chronicle (28/Oct/1871).
  5. "Taylor Hill Working Men’s Club reopens after 25 years" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (20/May/2010).