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Encyclopedia > Akroydon model housing scheme

The Akroydon model housing scheme at Boothtown, Halifax, West Yorkshire, was designed in the Gothic style by George Gilbert Scott in 1859 for the workers at the mills of Edward Akroyd. Akroyd had bought the 62,435 acres of land in 1855. This article is about the English town - see Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia for the city in Canada, and Halifax for everywhere else Statistics Population: 82,056 [1] Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SE335205 Administration District: Calderdale Metropolitan county: West Yorkshire Region: Yorkshire and the Humber Constituent country: England Sovereign... The chapel of St Johns College, Cambridge is characteristic of Scotts many church designs Sir George Gilbert Scott (July 13, 1811 – March 27, 1878) was an English architect of the Victorian Age, chiefly associated with the design, building and renovation of churches, cathedrals and workhouses. ...


Scott's original plan to have dormer windows in the cottages was unacceptable to members of the Akroyd Town Building Association, and Akroyd employed local architect – W. H. Crossland – under the supervision of Scott, to come up with an acceptable design. The plan was for a quadrangular arrangement of 350 houses, but only 90 were actually built.


The large central park was opened on 29th April 1876, and the Cross monument – a memorial to Akroyd – was designed by Barber.


 
 

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