Princess Alexandra Walk (formerly Ramsden Street): New Library


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Plans Register:no data
Street:Princess Alexandra Walk (formerly Ramsden Street)
Property Name / Number:Huddersfield Library & Art Gallery
Area:Town Centre, HD1 2SU
Grid Reference:SE1453716465
Building Project:New Library
Applicant:Huddersfield Council
Applicant Address:Huddersfield
Architect:E.H. Ashburner
Architect Address:no data
Status of Project:no data
Contractor:no data
Contractor Address:no data
Work Commenced:1937
Work Completed:1940
Occupants:no data
Subsequent Alterations / History:Existing, Grade II Listed (4 August 2005)
English Heritage Listing:1391504 — listed on 4 August 2005 (old ID: 490656)
Location of Archives:no data
Buildings of Huddersfield ID:4061

Additional Information

Library and Art Gallery built in 1937, designed by E. H. Ashburner, steel framed and faced with local pink stone. The plan form is square with a central atrium containing the main staircase through three storeys plus basement. Main entrance facade has protruding central section with central entrance doorway with ogee-curved consoles supporting a cornice, flanked by two tall metal-framed rectangular windows with slightly recessed architraves, plus five at first floor level with cornice above. Decorative panel above cornice. Three windows on each side on ground and first floors. Second floor has no external windows. Bas-relief frieze in classical style between ground and first floor windows on either side. Windows continue in same style throughout, including basement windows to sides. Two free-standing statues in classical style with modernist influence flanking entrance steps, representing Spirits of Literature and Art, by James Woodford. Right return has similar facade with a projecting centre of 8 windows, those on the ground floor have moulded stone surrounds and hood moulds, the 8 windows above have flush surrounds.

INTERIOR: Entrance hall with original coffered ceiling and lights, marble lined. Fine Imperial staircase to all floors with brass handrail. Floor paved with chequer design (hidden by carpet). Landing walls panelled in wood veneer, landing floor with original cork tiles. Meeting room also fully panelled in wood veneer with original doors and fittings. Some original bookcases in library and original doors throughout. Built 1937, opened as a library and art gallery in 1940, still in original use.

Sources: Twentieth Century Society.

[Extract from the Historic England web site, list entry number 1391504]

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Victoria Lane: 2 Kitchens, Ice House, Cart Shed and 3 W.Cs (1891) - plan# 213383ft25m
Ramsden Street: Additions to the Theatre Royal (outhouses and urinals) (1878) - plan# 69490ft27m
Victoria Lane: The Albert Hotel (Rebuilding) (1879) - plan# 686101ft31m
Victoria Street: Alterations to Brunswick Arms (1882) - plan# 1079115ft35m
Ramsden Street: Altered roof plan of Theatre Royal (1881) - plan# 932119ft36m
Ramsden Street: Addition of Dressing Rooms to the Theater Royal (1888) - plan# 1777119ft36m
Victoria Lane: Rebuilding the Albert Hotel (1878) - plan# 673122ft37m
Victoria Street: Alterations to Bull and Mouth Hotel (1882) - plan# 1122123ft37m
Ramsden Street: New Bar, W.Cs and 4 New Boxes to Theatre Royal (1895) - plan# 2419135ft41m
Ramsden Street: Theatre Royal (rebuild after fire) (1880) - plan# 826135ft41m
Ramsden Street: Alterations to Theatre Royal (inc. Stair cases, W.C.s and Windows) (1900) - plan# 916135ft41m
Ramsden Street: Addition of Wine Celler to Theatre Royal (1896) - plan# 2451135ft41m
Ramsden Street: Heating Apparatus Shed to Theatre Royal (1896) - plan# 2510135ft41m
Ramsden Street: Addition of Two New Staircases (1889) - plan# 1988135ft41m
Victoria Lane: Allterations to Smoking Room (1891) - plan# 2116137ft42m
Albert Yard: Conversion of late Albert Hotel into Building Offices (1880) - plan# 832142ft43m
Albert Yard, off New New Street: Alteration of present Albert Hotel into shop etc. (1880) - plan# 813142ft43m
Ramsden Street: Addition of Stained Glass and iron Veranda to the Theater Royal (1888) - plan# 1839149ft45m
Victoria Street: Additions to Warehouse (3 Shops) (1883) - plan# 1178158ft48m
Ramsden Street: Photographic Studio (wood and glass construction) (1875) - plan# 480185ft56m
Ramsden Street: Shop and Billiard Room Etc. (1877) - plan# 614187ft57m
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Ramsden Street: Two Privies in Yard of Club (1878) - plan# 699187ft57m
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Queens Street & Ramsden Street: New Baths (1879) - plan# 703192ft58m
Victoria Lane & Albert Yard: Shops, Offices etc. (1878) - plan# 671207ft63m
Albert Yard: Alteration of Coal Places (1880) - plan# 792207ft63m
corner of Queen Street & Cross Queen Street: Wooden Shed (1881) - plan# 1034212ft65m
Queen Street: Shop and Offices (1878) - plan# 644212ft65m
Victoria Lane: No 18 - 28220ft67m
Back Ramsden Street: New Waiting Room to Vets Surgery (1896) - plan# 2503220ft67m
Queen Street / Victoria Street: Warehouse (1875) - plan# 439244ft74m
Ramsden Street: Addition of Verandah to Premises (Cast iron and Glass) (1897) - plan# 2545252ft77m
Ramsden Street: Business Premises / Shop (Stone) (1895) - plan# 2424252ft77m
Ramsden Street / Queen Street: Proposed new studio and photo gallery (1874) - plan# 373265ft81m
Ramsden Street: New Lavatory and W.C. (1890) - plan# 2086274ft83m
Queen Street & Victoria Lane: Alterations and Additions to warehouse (1882) - plan# 1038274ft83m
New Street: No 61299ft91m
Back Ramsden Street / Queen Street South: New Store Shed (Brick) (1890) - plan# 2004301ft92m
Back Ramsden Street: Addition of Extra Story to Work Shop (1889) - plan# 1980316ft96m
Queen Street: No 24317ft97m
Queen Street: No 28317ft97m
New Street / Ramsden Street: Prudential Assurance Offices (brick and tera-cota) (1899) - plan# 476318ft97m
Ramsden Street: Temporary Shop (1871) - plan# 192318ft97m
Queen Street: No 20320ft97m
Queen Street: No 22321ft98m
New Street: Alterations to Music Shop (1900) - plan# 964321ft98m
Queen Street: No 26322ft98m
Ramsden Street: House etc. (1875) - plan# 401325ft99m
Victoria Lane: No 14327ft100m
New Street: New Shop Fronts and Alterations to Conviniences (1899) - plan# 626328ft100m
land bounded by Peel Street & Ramsden Street & Queensgate & Princess Street: New shops, retail market and superintendent's flat (1967) - plan# 16842 328ft100m