Deposited Plan No. 9558

Kirkgate: New Commercial Inn


Deposited Plan Number:9558
Date:6 February 1911
Plans Register:1909-1911
Property Name / Number:Kirkgate Inn
Area:Huddersfield Town Centre
District:Central Ward
Grid Reference:no data
Building Project:New Commercial Inn
Type:Licenced Premises - new building
Applicant:Seth Senior & Sons
Applicant Address:Shepley
Architect:W. Cooper (F.R.I.B.A.)
Architect Address:4, Kirkgate Buildings
Status of Project:
Contractor:Mark Brook
Contractor Address:Leeds Road, Huddersfield
Work Commenced:no data
Work Completed:20 June 1912
Occupants:no data
Subsequent Alterations / History:Following some alterations re-opened as an Urban Style Bar, currently 'Wildcats'.
English Heritage Listing:no data
Location of Archives:Kirklees West Yorkshire Archives
Buildings of Huddersfield ID:2227


Additional Information

The application includes a beautifully drawn set of drawings including an elevation. The Kirkgate Inn was built between the premises of Joseph Taylor & Sons and the Palace Theatre. Occupying a restricted site on the corner of Kirkgate (now the junction of Kirkgate and Oldgate), Cooper's new public house incorporates elements of the vernacular alongside the art nouveau. The stonework is if high quality. A feature is made of the chimney stacks and gables.

The Kirkgate Inn was built to replace the Commercial Inn , which was on the other side of the road, and which was taken down as part of the statutory improvements of the area and its streets.

Since 2000, the Kirkgate Inn has undergone some changes. Externally, the most noticeable have been to the ground floor windows. The original plans accommodated the change to an Urban Style Bar. More recently the building has been re-named 'Wildcats' and houses lap dancing. The windows which were opened up to give the bar a more open, contemporary feel, have been covered.

The Kirkgate Inn was threatened with demolition as part of the proposed Kingsgate II Development.