Leeds Mercury (25/Jan/1928) - The Cloth Hall at Huddersfield

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THE CLOTH HALL AT HUDDERSFIELD.

Art Gallery Site?

"UGLIEST BUILDING IN EUROPE."

(From Our Own Correspondent.)

HUDDERSFIELD, Tuesday.

It is probable that tho Cloth Hall, built by Sir John Ramsden in 1768, will provide the site for the new Art Gallery and Free Public Library of which the town stands so sadly in need,

The Public Library Committee are said to be unanimous in their choice of site, and it is well known that many members of the Council favour it.

Huddersfield will lose the Cloth Hall without a pang. A well-known and much travelled artist once labelled it "the ugliest building in Europe."

At one time the hall was the centre of the cloth trade for the area, and weavers from the "seven hills" on which Huddersfield, like Rome, is built, were wont to bring their wares on pack horses to the building.

Nowadays the hall is used as offices by merchants and manufacturers, and it possesses a reading room in which trade and general periodicals may be found.

But it is evident that much of its glory has gone, and the weekly "Cloth Market" nowadays consists of a mere group of business men, who congregate near the door for an hour or two on Tuesdays and chat over old days — and present-time sport!

Should the Cloth Hall vanish, the dispossessed office tenants will probably be able to find other business premises in the central area, although office rents show a steady tendency to rise.