History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Lion Buildings

A Grade II* Listed Building in Huddersfield, Kirklees

More Photos »
Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 53.6483 / 53°38'53"N

Longitude: -1.7825 / 1°46'57"W

OS Eastings: 414473

OS Northings: 416884

OS Grid: SE144168

Mapcode National: GBR HVZ7.WX

Mapcode Global: WHCB1.LKDJ

Entry Name: Lion Buildings

Listing Date: 29 September 1978

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1134167

English Heritage Legacy ID: 340013

Location: Kirklees, HD1

County: Kirklees

Electoral Ward/Division: Newsome

Built-Up Area: Huddersfield

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Huddersfield St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Find accommodation in

Listing Text

(East Side)
Lion Buildings
SE 1416 NW 1/65
1853. Architect J P Postchett. Ashlar sandstone. Hipped slate roof. 3 storeys.
Composed with rounded and pavilions, central pavilion breaking forward and
a central frontispiece. This has coupled columns on each floor (attached Tuscan
on ground floor, detached composite above), taking pediment and parapet with
entablature, paired pilasters, and giant free-standing coade stone statue of
lion by Seeley. The corners of each pavilion are marked on 1st floor by paired
attached composite columns (outer ones square), as is the central pavilion
alone on the 2nd floor also. The 1st floor also has paired attached composite
columns in middle of wall between each pavilion, and 2 single columns spaced
regularly round curve of end pavilions. On St Peter's Street elevation there
are 3 pairs of Tuscan pilasters, one at corner with Wood Street and 2 others
flanking central group of windows. Ground floor has modern shopfronts separated
by rusticated and vermiculated pilasters, arched central doorway with moulded
voussoirs and imposts, and keystone with dragon and crown inscribed. Dentilled
cornice. On Northumberland Street elevation a mezzanine is inserted below
ground floor cornice, consisting of sashes framed by Tuscan pilasters according
to the following rhythm: major pilaster-3-major pilaster-1-minor pilaster-1-minor
pilaster-1-major pilaster-3-major pilaster. 1st foor has full entablature
which breaks forward and is dentilled over each pair of columns, and the windows
of the frontispiece are provided with a stone balcony on paired scrolled consoles.
Windows are round-arched sashes with moulded voussoirs, and are separated by
Ionic colonnettes: they are grouped in the following rhythm, Northumberland
Street elevation: 1-1-1-2 (crowned by pediment) -1-1-1. End pavilion: 2-3-2.
St George's Square elevation: 4-4. Central pavilion: 4-3 (central one slightly
wider and higher) -4. St George's Square elevation (cont): 4-4. End pavilion:
2-3-2. St Peter's elevation: 2-1-2-1-2. 2nd floor has modillioned entablature,
save at end pavilions where modillions become consoles. Fenestration is same
as 1st floor, save on St George's Square elevation where grouping is as follows:
2-1-2-2-1-2-2-1-2. Some semblance of order is given to this otherwise chaotic
design, but only above the eaves cornice. Here the end pavilions have a solid
parapet with cornice (inscribed "Lion Arcade" in relief), piers with ornamental
caps and huge flanking ornamental scrolls, while central pavilion has balustrade
with moulded rail, pairs of square Tuscan columns with ornamental caps at ends,
and square Ionic balusters. Over the frontispiece comes the parapet with "1853"
in relief and the lion on top.

Listing NGR: SE1447316884

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.