Market Street: Huddersfield Cloth Hall


Deposited Plan Number:no data
Date:March 1765 (opened November 1766)
Plans Register:NA
Street:Market Street
Property Name / Number:Cloth Hall
Area:Town Centre
Grid Reference:SE 1433 1666
Building Project:Huddersfield Cloth Hall
Applicant:Commissioned by Sir John Ramsden
Applicant Address:Byram Park
Architect:John Carr [?]
Architect Address:York
Status of Project:no data
Contractor:no data
Contractor Address:no data
Work Commenced:March 1865
Work Completed:November 1866
Occupants:no data
Subsequent Alterations / History:Enlarged three times, first in 1848 then again in 1848 and finaly in 1864, Demolished in 1930
English Heritage Listing:no data
Location of Archives:no data
Buildings of Huddersfield ID:4019

Additional Information

The Cloth Hall was built in 1765 by Sir John Ramsden, the third Baronet as a Commercial Centre for the towns textile trade. up to this point all trading had been conducted in the old market place which by the mid 1700s had become quite inadequate for the volume of trade.

The Cloth Hall was erected on an area of open land off Westgate and fronted to the newly created (Market Street). It was built of quality brick instead of the local stone which was used for most buildings at the time. the structure was oval in shape and presented a forbidding aspect to the surrounding area with tall windowless walls to all sides, except for the elegant main entrance facing to Market Street.

The internal structure of the Cloth Hall consisted of a central open trading area divided by a long central structure running from the front entrance to the back of the structure dividing the central space in two (later additions included two additional wings to either side of the central structure which divided the central trading space into four even quarters).

The use of fashionable brick and the shear size of the building (which was for some time the largest building in Huddersfield) clearly demonstrated the increasing industrial and commercial wealth of the town.

The Cloth Hall was enlarged three times during its life time, first in 1848 then again in 1848 and finally in 1864, this last extension was however ill-planed as by 1870 demand for its services has much declined. By the early 1900s the Cloth Hall was now redundant and was finally demolished in 1930 by the local Council to allow for the redevelopment of the site.

After the Cloth Hall was demolished the Ritz cinema and an electrical Showroom were built in its place but did not last very long and were soon replaced by a supermarket and shops in the 1970s which remain to the present day.

Sources of information:

  • The Buildings Of Huddersfield, Keith Gibson & Albert Booth, Tempus Publishing 2005

Approximate Location

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The red marker indicates the approximate location of this record. Green and yellow dots are locations of other geotagged records, where yellow means the building was subsequently demolished.

What's Nearby?

The following records are located within 100 meters:
RecordDistance (feet & meters)
Market Street: No 9177ft54m
Upperhead Row & Half Moon Street: Warehouse (1870) - plan# 99199ft61m
Market Street: No 5 and 7200ft61m
George Street: No 2202ft62m
Market Street: Exchange Buildings211ft64m
Market Street / Cloth Hall Street: White Hart Public House (1770)220ft67m
Brooks Yard: No 2220ft67m
Half Moon Street / Upperhead Row: No 2 - 6 (Warehouse) (1870) - plan# 99236ft72m
Sargeantson Street: New Warehouse238ft73m
Brooks Yard: No 4247ft75m
Market Street: No 1 and 3 (1913)250ft76m
Dundas Street: Warehouse (1869) - plan# 71256ft78m
Dundas Street: Plantation House 11267ft81m
Upperhead Row: No 1A283ft86m
Brooks Yard: Premises of F McShane Limited293ft89m
Cloth Hall Street: No 9 - 15309ft94m
Dundas Street: No 5 - 9309ft94m
Chancery Lane: No 13311ft95m
Westgate: No 28 - 32318ft97m
Westgate & St. George's Street: Alteration of Shop Front (Inc. addition of new large windows) (1881) - plan# 1014323ft98m