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Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery

A Grade II Listed Building in Huddersfield, Kirklees

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Latitude: 53.6445 / 53°38'40"N

Longitude: -1.7816 / 1°46'53"W

OS Eastings: 414537

OS Northings: 416465

OS Grid: SE145164

Mapcode National: GBR JV09.28

Mapcode Global: WHCB1.LNVF

Plus Code: 9C5WJ6V9+Q9

Entry Name: Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery

Listing Date: 4 August 2005

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391504

English Heritage Legacy ID: 490656

Also known as: Huddersfield Library
Huddersfield Art Gallery
Kirklees Archive Service
WYAS Kirklees

ID on this website: 101391504

Location: Huddersfield, Kirklees, West Yorkshire, HD1

County: Kirklees

Electoral Ward/Division: Newsome

Parish: Non Civil Parish

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

Tagged with: Public library Art museum Library building Local authority museum

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Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery


Library and Art Gallery built in 1937, designed by E H Ashburner, steel framed and faced with local sandstone. 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 eight windows, those on the ground floor have moulded stone surrounds and hood moulds, the eight 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.

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