John William Street: Lion Buildings


Deposited Plan Number:no data
Plans Register:no data
Street:John William Street
Property Name / Number:Lion Buildings
Area:Town Centre, HD1 1EH
Grid Reference:SE1447316884
Building Project:Lion Buildings
Applicant:Sir William Tite [built for]
Applicant Address:no data
Architect:James Pigott Pritchett
Architect Address:no data
Status of Project:no data
Contractor:Samuel Oldfield [?]
Contractor Address:no data
Work Commenced:no data
Work Completed:no data
Occupants:no data
Subsequent Alterations / History:Existing, Grade II* Listed (29 September 1978)
English Heritage Listing:1134167 — listed on 29 September 1978 (old ID: 340013)
Location of Archives:no data
Buildings of Huddersfield ID:3768


Additional Information

Architect J P Postchett. Ashlar sandstone. Hipped slate roof. 3 storeys. Composed with rounded and pavilions, central pavilion breaking forward and a central frontispiece. This has coupled columns on each floor (attached Tuscan on ground floor, detached composite above), taking pediment and parapet with entablature, paired pilasters, and giant free-standing coade stone statue of lion by Seeley. The corners of each pavilion are marked on 1st floor by paired attached composite columns (outer ones square), as is the central pavilion alone on the 2nd floor also. The 1st floor also has paired attached composite columns in middle of wall between each pavilion, and 2 single columns spaced regularly round curve of end pavilions.

On St. Peter's Street elevation there are 3 pairs of Tuscan pilasters, one at corner with Wood Street and 2 others flanking central group of windows. Ground floor has modern shopfronts separated by rusticated and vermiculated pilasters, arched central doorway with moulded voussoirs and imposts, and keystone with dragon and crown inscribed. Dentilled cornice.

On Northumberland Street elevation a mezzanine is inserted below ground floor cornice, consisting of sashes framed by Tuscan pilasters according to the following rhythm: major pilaster-3-major pilaster-1-minor pilaster-1-minor pilaster-1-major pilaster-3-major pilaster.

1st foor has full entablature which breaks forward and is dentilled over each pair of columns, and the windows of the frontispiece are provided with a stone balcony on paired scrolled consoles. Windows are round-arched sashes with moulded voussoirs, and are separated by Ionic colonnettes: they are grouped in the following rhythm,

  • Northumberland Street elevation: 1-1-1-2 (crowned by pediment) -1-1-1.
  • End pavilion: 2-3-2.
  • St. George's Square elevation: 4-4.
  • Central pavilion: 4-3 (central one slightly wider and higher) -4.
  • St George's Square elevation (cont): 4-4. End pavilion: 2-3-2.
  • St Peter's elevation: 2-1-2-1-2.

2nd floor has modillioned entablature, save at end pavilions where modillions become consoles. Fenestration is same as 1st floor, save on St. George's Square elevation where grouping is as follows: 2-1-2-2-1-2-2-1-2. Some semblance of order is given to this otherwise chaotic design, but only above the eaves cornice. Here the end pavilions have a solid parapet with cornice (inscribed "Lion Arcade" in relief), piers with ornamental caps and huge flanking ornamental scrolls, while central pavilion has balustrade with moulded rail, pairs of square Tuscan columns with ornamental caps at ends, and square Ionic balusters.

Over the frontispiece comes the parapet with "1853" in relief and the lion on top.

[Extract from the Historic England web site, list entry number 1134167]


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What's Nearby?

The following records are located within 100 meters:
RecordDistance (feet & meters)
St. Peter's Street: Revenue Chambers 11 and 13107ft33m
Byram Street: No 13 to 18 (consec)127ft39m
Northumberland Street: No 1 and 3153ft47m
Northumberland Street: Crescent Hotel154ft47m
St. Peter's Street: Department of Social Services174ft53m
John William Street: No 22-34181ft55m
St. George's Square: Britannia Buildings (1856) 183ft56m
John William Street: No 64 and 66189ft57m
Northumberland Street: Princess Cinema217ft66m
John William Street: No 68230ft70m
St. George's Square: Additions to the 'George Hotel' (1899) - plan# [?32)234ft71m
George Hotel, St. George's Square: Additions and Alterations to Hotel (amended plan) (1938) - plan# 24820A234ft71m
St. George's Square: The George Hotel (1849) 234ft71m
John William Street: No 17 - 37250ft76m
St. Peter's Street, Fairground: Circus (1869) - plan# 72266ft81m
Northumberland Street: New Post Office Building (1914) (1914)266ft81m
John William Street: No 70 - 78270ft82m
Station Street: Station Street Buildings 12293ft89m
Northumberland Street: New Post Office (1874) - plan# 331308ft94m
St. George's Square: No 7312ft95m