In the 19th century, a number of local philanthropists – notably Edward Akroyd at Copley and Akroydon and John Crossley at West Hill Park - built model housing developments to improve the quality of life for the poor of the district. There was probably degree of competition between the two families.
Similar schemes in other parts of Britain include:
There are model villages in other parts of West Yorkshire:
From the mid-19th century, the availability of funds from the new building societies made such model housing schemes less important.
See Akroydon, Halifax, Copley model village, Copley, Northedge Park, Hipperholme, Saltaire, G. W. Sutcliffe and West Hill Park
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