Extract from Discovering Old Huddersfield (1993-2002) by Gordon & Enid Minter
A little further up Blackmoorfoot Road there is, on the right, a small octagonal building which, from its appearance and its position at the side of the old turnpike, might well be mistaken for a bar house. Unfortunately, none of the bar houses on this side of Huddersfield have survived and the building in question was originally a gatehouse to Crosland Lodge, the one time home of George Crosland, founder of Crosland Moor Mill, his wife and six children.
The house, which still survives, has a plain ashlar front with a parapet at roof level adorned with five carved laurel wreaths. Six finely carved square columns support the portico on which is carved the motto vincit veritas omnia (truth above all).
In its heyday Crosland Lodge stood in four acres of gardens and grounds. Today, most of the grounds are built over but the lawn in front of the house was made into a crown bowling green in 1927. This remains and is, we are reliably informed, one of the premier greens in Yorkshire, much used by the County side.
Crosland Lodge was the birthplace and for many years the home of Joseph (later Sir Joseph) Crosland, businessman, newspaper proprietor and prominent Conservative, who stood for Parliament in 1885, 1886 and 1892. Each time he was defeated by a Liberal candidate but his persistence was rewarded in 1893 when, at the age of sixty-six, he was elected M.P. for Huddersfield at a by-election caused by the death of the sitting Member. His majority was thirty-five. Sir Joseph was Huddersfield's first Conservative M.P. and his feat in winning the seat for the party was not to be repeated until 1979. His spell in the House of Commons was to be brief as in the General Election of 1895 his slender majority did not carry and he was again defeated by a Liberal. In view of his political record it is something of an irony that the one time home of this arch-Conservative has for many years been a Liberal Club.
MOORSIDE AVENUE (North Side). Crosland Moor. Crosland Moor Liberal Club. Mid C19. Ashlar. 2 storeys. Moulded cornice and blocking course, which becomes pediment-shaped over each bay; and is ornamented by sculpted wreath. 6 ranges of sashes, each bay breaking forward slightly; ground floor windows have moulded surrounds and cornice: those at north end tripartite. Elaborate and eclectic porch with 4 fluted columns; full entablature which breaks upward in a semi-circle, and flight of steps with ramped flanking walls and dies with sculpted wreaths.