Deposited Plan No. 768

Byram Street & Kirkgate: Shops, Offices, etc.


Deposited Plan Number:768
Date:Sept 12 1879
Plans Register:1869-1886
Street:Byram Street & Kirkgate
Property Name / Number:Kirkgate Buildings or Bulstrode Building
Area:Huddersfield Town Centre
District:Central Ward
Grid Reference:no data
Building Project:Shops, Offices, etc.
Type:Commercial - new building
Applicant:Sir J.W. Ramsden
Applicant Address:Estate Buildings, Huddersfield
Architect:W.H. Crossland
Architect Address:Regent Street, London.
Status of Project:
Approved subject to such additions to the sanitary arrangements under section 85 of the Act of 1876 as shall be satisfactory to the Borough Surveyor also to a complete set of tracings being provided.
Contractor:B. Graham & Co.
Contractor Address:Folly Hall, Huddersfield
Work Commenced:no data
Work Completed:no data
Occupants:no data
Subsequent Alterations / History:Restored and Refurbished 1993.
English Heritage Listing:no data
Location of Archives:Kirklees West Yorkshire Archives
Buildings of Huddersfield ID:770


Additional Information

Kirkgate Buildings, also known as the Bulstrode Buildings, occupy a site between Kirkgate, Wood Street, Byram Street and Church Street, and formed part of the re-development of the town which followed the arrival of the railway. Old properties in Kirkgate and Old Swan Yard on the north side of the Parish Churchyard were cleared and the lines of new street laid out.

Isaac Hordern writes:

15 August 1878 'Major Graham (agent) agrees to my suggestion of running Wood Street right through from St Peter's Street to Kirkgate... Busy with scheme for Kirkgate Buildings. Mr Crossland had prepared plans showing warehouses four storeys high. I opposed his scheme tooth and nail, as I was sure warehouses were not wanted and a four storey block of buildings was of no use. People would not go upstairs. The Kirkgate Buildings are in accordance with my Ground Plan.'

[Isaac Hordern's Notes Kirklees W.Y.A.S. KB/3]

Hordern sought fit to comment on various aspects of Crossland's plans, which he had in the case of the Byram Arcade. Crossland found some of the criticisms rather irksome. The comments included discussion of the treatment and prominence of the entrance; whether a tower rather than a dormer might be a better way of finishing one elevation; the provision of flues for the offices; the treatment of the ceilings; adequacy of lighting; whether the use of iron arcading might allow the use of more pleasing and less heavy looking girders to support the roof; and even the width of the stair treads!

The Kirkgate Buildings cost £62,166 to complete.

The contractors included B. Graham & Sons (Masons); W. Fawcett & Sons (Joiners); W. Goodwin & Son (Slater); D. Tunnacliff & Sons (Plasterer); George Garton (Plumber); Crib, Cottam & Co. (Ironwork); and H. Cross (Painter).

Some of the stone carvings were commissioned from Mr. Fucigna, who worked with Crossland on Royal Holloway College and Holloway Sanatorium.

The buildings were restored in 1993 at a cost of £1.5 million, to provide accommodation for Kirklees Estaes Department, including the Architecture & Design.