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Roebuck Memorial Homes Trust

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  1. Promotion and conservation of the historical Roebuck homes.
    Our objective is to increase awareness of Roebuck Homes, specifically the current condition and necessity to restore and conserve the buildings and grounds.
    Roebuck Homes are a part of Huddersfield’s history particularly in relation commerce and to the WW1 period.

    Roebuck Memorial Homes (registered charity 1042683) were built in 1932 by local businessman Harry Roebuck, in memorial to his son Leonard Roebuck who died in a flying accident during World War One in 1918. The cottages and grounds are grade two Heritage listed and consist of eight almshouses cottages, which are home to elderly residents who are in need.

    The gardens are originally Italianate in style, but over the last 30 years the site has had basic grounds maintenance carried out in accordance with the general maintenance of council estates. The gardens have many unique features, dry stone walls, flights of masonry steps, raised beds, paving and other ornate features. These are not usually features of council housing estates. Unfortunately plants and trees became overgrown and windblown saplings have undermined many of these features.

    Why not volunteer to restore Roebuck Homes and gardens? We’d like to hear from any volunteers interested in the physical work required in restoring the Italian style gardens or becoming a Trustee, to help direct the future management of the scheme as well as to assist in our fund raising efforts. If you’d like to get involved or you know about the Roebuck family and company, please contact us.

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Roebuck Memorial Homes Trust

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  1. 22 March 2021

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History

  1. Harry Roebuck constructed Roebuck Memorial Homes in 1932, in memory of his son Leonard, who died during the First World War. The Homes were also a memorial to his wife, Jane who died in 1919.

    The homes were built to provide homes for the elderly residents of Huddersfield who were known to three local churches. Huddersfield Town Council provided the land and created a Trust with Harry Roebuck. This Trust was registered with the Charity Commission and the Almshouses Association.he history of your organisation.

    They consist of eight two-bedroom cottages linked by a central pavilion which contains a memorial stone, set within terraced Italian style gardens; they are linked by an open loggia, facing extensive gardens and the main Wakefield Road. The cottages and the grounds, including boundary walls and frontage are Grade 2 listed buildings.