Huddersfield Town Hall

Huddersfield Town Hall was constructed in two stages between 1875 and 1881. It was designed by the Huddersfield surveyor and architect, John Henry Abbey (1831-1880). The Municipal Offices, and the first section, were opened on the 26 June 1878 by the Mayor of Huddersfield, Alderman Joseph Woodhead.33


Huddersfield Town Hall

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Huddersfield Town Hall & The Father Willis Organ


The completed Town Hall was officially opened in October 1881. The style of the building was classical, of the Corinthian order. All the stone was quarried locally at Crosland Moor and the work was carried out by many local contractors. The Concert Hall, known as the Assembly Hall by some commentators, formed part of the second half of the town hall’s construction.

It is worthwhile citing what Building News wrote about the Concert Hall, as it reflects how significant the performance of music was in the Town Hall, because of the effort made on the appearance and design of the concert space. They wrote:

‘Approached by the public from Princess Street by a flight of steps which lead to a vestibule 37ft wide by 23ft deep, having cloakrooms right and left. A flight of a dozen wide stone steps leads to a landing, from which branch right and left two flights of handsome stone stairs which conduct to a second landing from which the main floor of the hall is reached. This floor is 75ft 6in long by 60ft 6in wide, with a height from floor to ceiling of 55ft; the area is about 4,750ft; the hall, exclusive of the orchestra and gallery, contains about 260,150 cubic feet of space. This area is calculated to provide sitting accommodation for 1,100 persons. A balcony extends around three sides of the hall, and at a still higher level, but thrown back from the hall itself, is a gallery capable of accommodating 500 people. The hall altogether will seat 2,250 persons. The space under the gallery is utilised as a refreshment room. The orchestra is 37ft wide and 25ft in depth, with retiring-rooms for speakers and musicians on either hand. It contains the whole of the latest improvements in mechanical contrivances, one especial feature connected with it being a sliding platform, contrived so as to make the stage larger or smaller, whilst the seats are all removable in sections whereby the stage can be used for operatic performances on a plan designed by Mr. Wild.’34

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