Huddersfield Market Hall Jubilee: 1880-1930 (1930) by Huddersfield Corporation

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County Borough of Huddersfield.


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The Mayor (Alfred Walker, Esq.) Councillor Joseph Hirst (Chairman). Councillor Joseph Vickerman (Vice-Chairman). ALDERMEN.

John Fligg Brigg, Joseph Byram, Wright Mellor, D. Sykes, Joseph Woodhead.

COUNCILLORS. Geo. Brook 3 Geo. H. Hanson Joseph Brooke I Wm, Hirst John Broughton J. A. Hopkinson Thos. Chrispin I W. M. Jackson Peter Conacher 7. S. Kirk Thos. Drake B. Schofield (5.) Chas. Glendinning = ~_B.. Schofield (W.) Armitage Hiaiok James Scholes John Haigh I Godfrey Sykes Benj. Halstead C. Vickerman Benj. Hanson E. B. Woodhead. Joseph Batley, James A. Whelan, Town Clerk. Market Inspector.

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MARKETS AND FAIRS COMMITTEE, I929—1930. The Mayor (Alderman Walker T. pee 4 I

The Deputy Mayor (Alderman Thomas Canby, J.P.).

Councillor A. Sutcliffe (Chairman).

Councillor W. Scott (Deputy Chairman).

COUNCILLORS. Richard Brook Alfred Pontefract Norman Crossley Ernest Smith mf George Thorp J. EB. Jagger William Varley

H., SS. Walker.

wd. Field, LL.B., : J. Greenwood, Town Clerk. Markets Superintendent. —

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Shott History of the Markets Old and New.


As far back as the year 1272, Almondbury boasted a weekly Market. When this Market was discon- tinued is not known, but it was probably in the year 1672 when powers were granted to the Ramsden family to hold a Market in Huddersfield.

The Huddersfield Markets were formerly held in the open air in the Old Market Place, New Street, and also on the site of the present Market Hall, in King Street, which was then called the Shambles.

The terms made between the Ramsden family and the Stall-holders were not always satisfactory to the latter, and many disputes resulted. This ripened into rebellion by the tenants about the year 1857, and the dispute was settled by the then Local

Authority—The Improvement Commissioners—tak-

ing the Market Tolls on lease. Subsequently, in 1876, the Corporation purchased from Sir John Ramsden all the Market Rights and Tolls, of which he was possessed, for the sum of £14,453. I

The foundation stone of the present Market Hall, which was built on the so-called ‘“ Shambles,’’ was laid on the 5th September, 1878, and on the face of which is the following inscription :—

This corner stone was laid by Alderman David Sykes, Chairman of the Markets Committee, on the 5th September, 1878.

Alderman Joseph Woodhead, Mayor. Edward Hughes, F.R.I.B.A., Architect.

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The following is a brief aa of the building —

Architecturally the design is geometrical or decorated Gothic throughout, and presents an elegant appear- ance, especially as far as the main front is concerned.

There are two floors, basement and upper floor. Up to the year 1923 two-thirds of the basement was devoted to casual tenancies, and the remaining space was occupied by pa stalls.

In June of the year 1923 a disastrous fire occured in

~ the basement and destroyed all the contents, includ- “ing stalls and goods belonging to tenants.

"The Markets Conumittee took this opportunity to ‘make. certain structural alterations, and these were carried out under the Borough Architect (the late Mr. H. Sutcliffe), and the whole of the bottom floor is now occupied by permanent stalls. ‘he ventila-

tion of the basement, which had been a source of trouble for many years, is now greatly improved by

‘these alterations.

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The upper floor is occupied as ‘a general market, and the tenancies are of a permanent nature.

entrance is in King and is 12ft. wide, and leads into the top part of the Hall. In addition to this there are five entrances, two into the upper floor and three into the basement, so ingress: and egress is of an easy nature.. The inside of the Hall

contains an Arcaded Gallery. running alongside of

the building. I I The general market measures 166ft. long by T1ft. 5ins. wide, the overall length and “width of the building being 270ft. and 101ft. 6ins. respectively. .

There are on the upper and lower side of the build- ing—that is outside—shops for Butchers, etc. On each side of the entrances in King Street and Victoria Street, shops for Fishmongers and other trades, and above these shops are suites of offices.

Glazed awnings protect these shops facing the streets.


(During the progress of the building of the Market Hall, the Cloth Hall was used as a Market, all Stalls being transferred there from the Shambles.)

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The Roof consists of Girder and Wrought Iron lattice work, and is most substantially built. It is divided into bays, V-shaped, of slate and glass, the latter facing the North, so that the sun’s rays will

not find their way into the Market through the roof,

but will allow a maximum of light to percolate.

The roof in reality consists of a series of ridges, and has one span of 71ft. 6ins.

The Hall is lighted artificially with Incandescent Gas and Electricity.

The principal front is in King Street, and the building there is three stories in height. ‘There is a gabled centre with oriel turrets at the angles of the building,

the centre is the chief entrance, and over the point

of the archway are the words ‘“‘ Market Hall.’’

Rising over the archway, but set back from the main front, there is a clock tower 106ft. high, and shewing four faces, and tapering to a point on which a weather vane is placed. The four sides are moulded with corbelled cornices.

The other end of the building corresponds in design with that in King Street, with the exception of the clock and gabled front. The frontages are of stone, with ashlar dressings, and the remainder is of pitched walling. All the main entrances are provided with Wrought

Iron Gates.

Carved shields at the entrances bear the Arms of Queen Victoria and Charles the Second, who gave Charter to Mr. John Ramsden to hold a Market on the site built upon.

The Clocks are by Messrs. Potts, of Leeds.

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The completion of the building of the Market Hall dates from March, 1880, and on the 23rd March, 1880, the Shops and Stalls were let by public auction ; the Mayor (A. Walker, Esq.), the Chairman of the Markets Committee (Councillor Joseph Hirst), and several other Councillors being present. Mr. J. H. Lees was the Auctioneer.

The total cost of the Market Hall, including the land, amounted to £39,118.

In addition to the Market Hall, the Markets and Fairs Committee have control of further under- takings, of which the following is a short description.



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Slaughter Houses.

The Slaughter Houses were built at a cost of £16,590, and were opened without formality for public use on the 14th May, 1881.

The animals slaughtered during the year ended dist December, 1929, being as follows :—

I oo a 7,426 oe 1,319 oo 25,733 Pigs Ge ee gg Gee: 6,617

Cattle Market.

The cost of erection of the Cattle Market amounted to the Market being opened at the same time as the Slaughter Houses, viz., 14th May, 1881.

The records for the year ending 3lst December, 1929, show that the number of animals offered for sale therein were :—

=o 15,744 Raves 2,816 6 12,057 Pigs 12,658 (5 868


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Wholesale Market.

The decision to build a Wholesale Market was atrived at by a Special Meeting of the Markets Committee held on the 12th February, 1887, their decision being confirmed by the Council on the 16th February, 1887. On,the 4th May, 1887, tenders were accepted for the erection, and these were con- firmed by Council in June of the same year.

There are 40 Stands in the Market, which were let by Auction on the 3rd July, 1888, the Auctioneer being Mr. Henry ‘Tinker, of the firm of Messrs. G. Tinker & Sons, Auctioneers. The Markets Com- mittee, including the Chairman (Alderman G. Sykes), attended the Auction in full.

Not more than half the Stands were occupied for a.

very long time, but at present the Market is used to its fullest extent, and the question of extension is being considered by the Markets Committee at the present time. I

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Private Slaughter Houses.

At the present time there are nine Private Slaughter Houses in the Borough, and these are Licensed by the Markets Committee. The returns for slaughters therefrom during the year ending 3lst December, 1929, are as follows :—

Béasts. ©... i. ae aves 65 mee. Pe 2,590

The following, in addition to the foregoing, are also under the control of the Markets Committee :—

Colne Road Property and Ice Making Plant. This property and plant was purchased by the Committee in 1920 at a cost of £9,578.

Shambles Lane Property.

£3,040 was the price paid by the Committee in 1877 for this property in Shambles Lane. :


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Bull and Mouth Street and Victoria Street Propetty. The site on which the Bull and Mouth Street property is erected was formerly the site on which the old Police Station Buildings stood.

In July, 1900, tenders for the pulling down of the old buildings, and the erection of three Shops, and Offices, etc., for the use of the Markets Department, and the Weights and Measures Department, were accepted. The actual cost was £2,326.

Ray Street Property.

The Markets Committee in 1918 purchased at a cost of £4,049 this property, which is now partly used as an Open Market, and which shows good returns.

Licenses for Sale out of Market.

The Markets Committee issue Licenses for the sale of Tollable Articles outside the Market, and during the past year 357 such Licenses have been issued.

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Cold Stores.

It was in February, 1896, that the question of Cold Storage was first considered by the Committee, but it was not until the 14th June, 1899, that the Council confirmed the acceptance of tenders for the erection of Cold Storage accommodation. I

The building was completed in the following year,. and an official opening took place on the 5th July, 1900, by Mr. Councillor Whitehead, in the absence through illness of the Chairman, Mr. Councillor Wim. Dyson.

The method of cooling is by the Ammonia System, and there are six rooms in all, four Freezing and two Chilling Rooms, the whole being insulated by Cork Slab. The plant was installed by the Linde British Refrigerating Co., [td., London, and was driven by a Gas Engine. In 1915 it was decided to replace the whole of the existing plant, and this was done by . the installation of two. 123 ton Ammonia Com- pressors, suppled by Messrs. A. G. Enock & Co., Ltd., of Tottenham, London.

The whole of the plant was overhauled in 1929 at a cost of approximately £1,000, and is now up to date and very efficient.

The Capital Cost of the Cold Stores was £3,621.


Pleasure Fairs are held at the Fairground at ee and September in each year.

The Fairground is also used for three Cattle and Horse Fairs, which are held on the 3lst March, 14th May, and the 4th October in each year.

In conclusion a statement of the Capital Outlay of the whole of me Markets is sub- mitted,

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Sir J. W. Ramsden, Bart., Markets purchase money interest, less rents and tolls received—

Markets Rights and Tolls _.... £ 14453 Market Hall __.... ee ee £ 32627 Shambles site forsame 05°... £ 6491 fp 90118. Wholesale: Market > 3. - 30 14721 Slaughter Meee i 16590

Cattle Market :— Sir J. W. Ramsden, Bart., purchase of Cattle Market and Fairground £ 16115 Do. £4901 Excavating and forming site, con- structing pens, fencing ground,

paving, Se as £ 6960 I : : {——— 27976 Cold: Stores ..... £ 3621 Come Pioperty 2 as aS I 9578 Shambles Lane and Queen Street. PIO ee ee. ae ee 3040 Bull and Mouth Street and Victoria 2. ak : 2326 Bay Property. = San £ 4049 £135472

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