Deposited Plan No. 1291

Kirkgate & Market Place: Shop Front


Deposited Plan Number:1291
Date:10 April 1884
Plans Register:1869-1886
Street:Kirkgate & Market Place
Property Name / Number:2, Kirkgate
Area:Huddesrfield Town Centre
District:Central Ward
Grid Reference:no data
Building Project:Shop Front
Type:Retail - additions & alterations
Applicant:Freeman, Hardy & Willis
Applicant Address:no data
Architect:no data
Architect Address:no data
Status of Project:
Contractor:George Potter
Contractor Address:5, Brunswick Street, Leicester
Work Commenced:no data
Work Completed:no data
Occupants:This property is listed as being operated by Giles Roebuck, butcher in 1879. From 1884, Freeman Hardy & Willis , later Barratts; currently Nationwide
Subsequent Alterations / History:This shop front has not survived. See Additional Information below.
English Heritage Listing:no data
Location of Archives:Kirklees West Yorkshire Archives
Buildings of Huddersfield ID:1247


Additional Information

The shop at the corner of Kirkgate and Market Place occupied a prime location, and was taken up by one of the first retail chains . Freeman, Hardy & Willis were manufacturers as well as retailers with a base in Leicester. They chose as their contractors a company from Leicester, who were no doubt responsible for maintaining a company brand and image through its shop fronts. The design incorporated large windows for display which had been made possible by improvements in the technology plate glass manufacture.

The original shop fonts do not survive, the significant retail site having been occupied by a number of different retailers since 1884. The current occupiers are Nationwide.

The three storey building is part of a group of listed buildings dating from the early 19th century.