Ramsden Street / Princess Street: Town Hall


Deposited Plan Number:no data
Date:1875-6 (lower part to Ramsden Street), 1878-81 (higher part to Princess Street)
Plans Register:no data
Street:Ramsden Street / Princess Street
Property Name / Number:Huddersfield Town Hall
Area:Town Centre
Grid Reference:SE1446416391
Building Project:Town Hall
Applicant:no data
Applicant Address:no data
Architect:J.H. Abbey
Architect Address:no data
Status of Project:no data
Contractor:no data
Contractor Address:no data
Work Commenced:1875
Work Completed:1881
Occupants:no data
Subsequent Alterations / History:Existing. Grade II Listed.
English Heritage Listing:1231723 — listed on 29 September 1978 (old ID: 406619)
Location of Archives:no data
Buildings of Huddersfield ID:4018

Additional Information

Built in 2 parts, the lower part (to Ramsden Street) 1875-6, the higher part (to Princess Street) 1878-81. Architect of the latter: J H Abbey.

Ashlar. 2 storeys, and basement.

EARLIER PART. Moulded eaves cornice, taken on stone brackets along facade. Parapet along facade, with panelled dies, the 2 central ones taller and crowned with urns: they flank the Borough Arms. Ground floor horizontally rusticated and surmounted by entablature. Continuous moulded impost band on 1st floor. 7 window ranges, those on 1st floor round-arched, with keystones and moulded voussoirs, those on ground floor segment-headed and set in recessed panels, with fielded panels in aprons. Steps up to door. Porch in antis, flanked by paired columns taking full entablature with parapet. Area has cast iron railings with ornamental finials at either end, but low wall in front, and piers with fielded panels, moulded cornices and urns on top.

LATER PART. Full entablatures to ground and 1st floors, both modillioned, eaves cornice dentilled as well. Panelled parapet with moulded coping. Ground floor has horizontally rusticated angle piers. 1st floor has a giant Corinthian order. 3 ranges of windows, round-arched with sculpted masks on keystones, moulded voussoirs and impost bands. Ground floor windows and central 1st floor window are sub-divided by a slender colonnette taking 2 round arches with oculus in spandrels. Sculpted panels above flanking 1st floor windows. Central bay breaks forward and is crowned with segmental pediment. Round-arched porch in antis, flanked by paired pilasters taking consoles to cornice. 9 ranges of sashes in side elevations, end bays breaking forward and crowned by segmental pediments.

INTERIOR. Concert Hall (in later part) decorated in monumental style, viz, giant pilasters, coved ceiling with moulded stress beams, apsed organ recess, gallery on iron columns, 2 upper galleries, windows with large keystones with masks. Extremely lavish stucco ornament on front of balconies, spandrels of windows, in frieze and on soffits of ceiling beams. Lavish stucco ornament to ceilings and arches elsewhere in building, and elaborate wooden door surrounds. Staircase with elaborately twisted iron balusters.

The Town Hall opened in 1881 with a 3 day festival in which Sir Charles Halle said that the Huddersfield Choral Society was the best he had ever conducted.

[Extract from the Historic England web site, list entry number 1231723]


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What's Nearby?

The following records are located within 100 meters:
RecordDistance (feet & meters)
Corporation Street: New Offices and Store Room (1895) - plan# 2385115ft35m
Princess Street: Cooperative Stores Building162ft49m
Back Ramsden Street: New Waiting Room to Vets Surgery (1896) - plan# 2503186ft57m
Back Ramsden Street: Addition of Extra Story to Work Shop (1889) - plan# 1980196ft60m
New Street / Princess Street: The Co-op building (1886)204ft62m
Buxton Road & Princess Street: New Co-operative Store and Offices (1883) - plan# 1240222ft68m
Ramsden Street: Addition of Verandah to Premises (Cast iron and Glass) (1897) - plan# 2545227ft69m
Ramsden Street: Business Premises / Shop (Stone) (1895) - plan# 2424227ft69m
Ramsden Street: Shop and Billiard Room Etc. (1877) - plan# 614232ft71m
Ramsden Street: Billiard Room, Cloak Room and Lavatory (1877) - plan# 603232ft71m
Ramsden Street: Two Privies in Yard of Club (1878) - plan# 699232ft71m
land bounded by Peel Street & Ramsden Street & Queensgate & Princess Street: New shops, retail market and superintendent's flat (1967) - plan# 16842 241ft74m
Albion Street: New Warehouse to Rear of Existing Building (1897) - plan# 2521250ft76m
Princess Street: Police Station266ft81m
New Street / Ramsden Street: Prudential Assurance Offices (brick and tera-cota) (1899) - plan# 476268ft82m
Ramsden Street: Temporary Shop (1871) - plan# 192271ft83m
Albion Street: Temporary workshops (1883) - plan# 1225282ft86m
Victoria Lane: Rebuilding the Albert Hotel (1878) - plan# 673285ft87m
Ramsden Street: Photographic Studio (wood and glass construction) (1875) - plan# 480288ft88m
High Street: Five Privies, Two Urinals and 2 Ash Stores (Brick and Stone) (1890) - plan# 2058291ft89m
New Street: Alterations to Music Shop (1900) - plan# 964302ft92m
High Street: Store Room etc (1875) - plan# 399310ft94m
Albert Yard, off New New Street: Alteration of present Albert Hotel into shop etc. (1880) - plan# 813314ft96m
Albert Yard: Conversion of late Albert Hotel into Building Offices (1880) - plan# 832314ft96m
New Street: Commercial Hotel323ft99m