Deposited Plan No. 826

Ramsden Street: Theatre Royal (rebuild after fire)


Deposited Plan Number:826
Date:16 April 1880
Plans Register:1869-1886
Street:Ramsden Street
Property Name / Number:The Theatre Royal
Area:Town Centre
Grid Reference:SE 1457 1644
Building Project:Theatre Royal (rebuild after fire)
Type:Public / Theatre
Applicant:Mr. J. Alles Love
Applicant Address:124, Eastborne Road, Birkdale, Southport
Architect:B.E. Entwistle
Architect Address:no data
Status of Project:
Contractor:no data
Contractor Address:no data
Work Commenced:August 1880
Work Completed:11 April 1881 (opened)
Occupants:no data
Subsequent Alterations / History:Demolished in 1961 by the Huddersfield Corporation. Site now the Piazza Shopping Centre.
English Heritage Listing:no data
Location of Archives:Kirklees West Yorkshire Archives
Buildings of Huddersfield ID:828

Additional Information

On the 15th of February 1880 the first Theatre Royal was destroyed by fire and a new Theatre was then built on the same site by J. A Love of Southport to the designs of the architect B. E. Entwistle. Construction began in August 1880 and the new Theatre opened on the 11th of April 1881 with a production of 'As You Like It' with Miss Wallis playing Rosalind.

The Theatre's main frontage of square stoned Ashler was on Ramsden Street and was 60 foot wide with six entrances, including access to the Dress and Upper Circles through a spacious Vestibule of 23 foot by 18 foot. The Boxes were approached from a handsome staircase in the Vestibule. The side elevation on Bull and Mouth Street was in hammer dressed stonework, 118 foot in length, and provided entrances to the Stalls and Stage, and exits from the Pit and Gallery.

The stage, which was on street level, designed for easy access, was 55 foot wide with a proscenium opening of 26 foot by 28 foot high and had two tiers of boxes on either side, two on each tier. The Grid was 47 foot high. The Dress Circle could accommodate around 120 people and the Upper Circle around 130. The Upper Circle also had its own smoking lounge, refreshment bar, and crush room. The Gallery and Pit could each accommodate around 1,000 people. Underneath the Pit was a room designed for Band Practice.

The proscenium was embellished with bas relief ornaments and above the stage was a large fresco painting illustrating Shakespeare's comedy and tragedy with a figure of Shakespeare himself in the centre. The auditorium ceiling consisted of 16 panels with figures representing Music and Drama. The Act Drop for the new Theatre was painted by George Tweddell and represented a party of merry makers embarking on board a large gondola.

The Theatre Royal, was demolished in 1961 by the Huddersfield Corporation, allegedly because it was in a dilapidated condition. A new Market Hall was built on the site.

[Extract from: "The Music Hall and Theatre History Website"]

Approximate Location

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At the Same Location?

The following records are located within 10 meters:
RecordDistance (feet & meters)
Ramsden Street: Heating Apparatus Shed to Theatre Royal (1896) - plan# 25100ft0m
Ramsden Street: Addition of Two New Staircases (1889) - plan# 19880ft0m
Ramsden Street: Alterations to Theatre Royal (inc. Stair cases, W.C.s and Windows) (1900) - plan# 9160ft0m
Ramsden Street: Addition of Wine Celler to Theatre Royal (1896) - plan# 24510ft0m
Ramsden Street: New Bar, W.Cs and 4 New Boxes to Theatre Royal (1895) - plan# 24190ft0m

What's Nearby?

The following records are located within 100 meters:
RecordDistance (feet & meters)
Ramsden Street: Addition of Dressing Rooms to the Theater Royal (1888) - plan# 177733ft10m
Ramsden Street: Altered roof plan of Theatre Royal (1881) - plan# 93233ft10m
Ramsden Street: Addition of Stained Glass and iron Veranda to the Theater Royal (1888) - plan# 183946ft14m
Ramsden Street: Additions to the Theatre Royal (outhouses and urinals) (1878) - plan# 69446ft14m
Queens Street & Ramsden Street: New Baths (1879) - plan# 70365ft20m
corner of Queen Street & Cross Queen Street: Wooden Shed (1881) - plan# 1034103ft32m
Queen Street: Shop and Offices (1878) - plan# 644103ft32m
Ramsden Street: Photographic Studio (wood and glass construction) (1875) - plan# 480118ft36m
Ramsden Street / Queen Street: Proposed new studio and photo gallery (1874) - plan# 373135ft41m
Princess Alexandra Walk (formerly Ramsden Street): New Library (1940)135ft41m
Ramsden Street: New Lavatory and W.C. (1890) - plan# 2086139ft42m
Back Ramsden Street / Queen Street South: New Store Shed (Brick) (1890) - plan# 2004177ft54m
Queen Street / Victoria Street: Warehouse (1875) - plan# 439185ft56m
Victoria Lane: 2 Kitchens, Ice House, Cart Shed and 3 W.Cs (1891) - plan# 2133191ft58m
Victoria Street: Additions to Warehouse (3 Shops) (1883) - plan# 1178197ft60m
Ramsden Street: House etc. (1875) - plan# 401199ft61m
Victoria Lane: Allterations to Smoking Room (1891) - plan# 2116199ft61m
Victoria Street: Alterations to Bull and Mouth Hotel (1882) - plan# 1122207ft63m
Queen Street South: Caretakers House (1896) - plan# 2494207ft63m
Back Ramsden Street: New Stable (Wood and Slate) (1888) - plan# 1857207ft63m
Back Ramsden Street: New Waiting Room to Vets Surgery (1896) - plan# 2503210ft64m
Queen Street: No 26220ft67m
Victoria Street: Alterations to Brunswick Arms (1882) - plan# 1079220ft67m
Queen Street: No 24223ft68m
Queen Street: No 28223ft68m
Queen Street: No 30226ft69m
Queen Street: No 32229ft70m
Queen Street: No 22233ft71m
Victoria Lane: The Albert Hotel (Rebuilding) (1879) - plan# 686236ft72m
Queen Street: No 20242ft74m
Victoria Lane: Rebuilding the Albert Hotel (1878) - plan# 673249ft76m
land bounded by Peel Street & Ramsden Street & Queensgate & Princess Street: New shops, retail market and superintendent's flat (1967) - plan# 16842 274ft84m
Albert Yard: Conversion of late Albert Hotel into Building Offices (1880) - plan# 832275ft84m
Albert Yard, off New New Street: Alteration of present Albert Hotel into shop etc. (1880) - plan# 813275ft84m
Queen Street & Victoria Lane: Alterations and Additions to warehouse (1882) - plan# 1038280ft85m
Back Ramsden Street: Addition of Extra Story to Work Shop (1889) - plan# 1980282ft86m
Queen Street: Crown Court (1825)289ft88m
Ramsden Street: Billiard Room, Cloak Room and Lavatory (1877) - plan# 603302ft92m
Ramsden Street: Shop and Billiard Room Etc. (1877) - plan# 614302ft92m
Ramsden Street: Two Privies in Yard of Club (1878) - plan# 699302ft92m
Victoria Lane: Conversion of Warehouse into Six Shops (1892) - plan# 2269309ft94m
Queen Street: No 16 and 18322ft98m
Ramsden Street: Alterations to The Armory, including new windows and stair cases (1892) - plan# 2237327ft100m