From a document dated 1915 showing the purchase of two cottages which had previously been one house and known as Ready Carr House from John Edward Crowther for £600.
Indenture of Conveyance made between John Edward Crowther and the Trustees for:
"Two dwellinghouses (now converted into an Adult School and Institute and Caretakers House on the south east side of old Manchester Road (formerly in one dwellinghouse and known by the name of Ready Cart) and lately in the occupations of Edward Haigh Taylor and George Robert Taylor and the gardens and buildings thereto belonging and containing an area of one rood and five and three quarter perches."
The buildings could be used by people who, in the opinion of the committee "shall be sober and industrious and of good character ... without regard to their political or religious opinions".
The buildings could be used "to promote temperance and no intoxicating liquors shall be sold or brought into the building". Gambling and betting were also forbidden on the premises.
All Adult Schools were affiliated to the National Council of Adult School Unions and were wholly maintained by voluntary contributions.
Prior to the purchase of Ready Carr the Adult School had occupied smaller premises. The new building allowed more extensive activities. "The Adult School has hitherto held services on Sunday mornings for males and on Sunday afternoons for females and sometimes joint services were held and the former school buildings were used during the week and on some parts of Sundays as an Institute but the newly acquired premises being larger may permit of simultaneous services and uses."
Ready Carr House was subject to a mortgage of £600 from the Huddersfield Equitable Permanent Building Society.
NB Edward Haigh Taylor and George Robert Taylor who had previously lived in the two dwellings created out of Ready Carr House were the sons of Enoch Taylor, Ironfounder who had also lived there himself.
Judi Thorpe March 2005
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