Longley Hall, Longley Park, Huddersfield

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  • also known as: Nether Longley, Langley Hall (1851 map), Longley New Hall
  • location: off Smithy Lane (now Dog Kennel Bank), Longley Park
  • status: still exists

Built in 1577 by John Ramsden, the brother of William Ramsden who resided at Longley Old Hall. Much altered over the subsequent decades it was rebuilt by Sir John William Ramsden in the 1870s.

The hall and estate were sold in 1919 by Sir John Frecheville Ramsden and acquired by Huddersfield Corporation the following the year. By 1924, the hall had been converted into a girl's school. The school was extended in the 1950s and became Woodley School & College in 2016.

Discovering Old Huddersfield

Extract from Discovering Old Huddersfield (1993-2002) by Gordon & Enid Minter:

A little further down the lane, on the left, is the entrance and driveway to New Longley Hall. When the Ramsdens visited the town from their seat at Byram they stayed at their new hall here at Nether Longley. The original house on the site was built in 1577 by John Ramsden. It was a Tudor style house, probably built four square round a courtyard.

Over the centuries various additions and alterations were made and then, in the 1870s, Sir John William Ramsden built the present house on the original foundations. Today, New Longley Hall is a school.

The land over the wall on the left was once part of the demesne of New Longley Hall and was probably embarked during the eighteenth century. At that time, ornamental parkland was intended to emphasize the status and wealth of the owner. Parkland may be described as planned countryside and so the small closes of the demesne land gave way to vast open lawns planted with artfully arranged copses of trees whilst all around new plantations were established. Longley Park is now a nine hole golf course.

Historic England Listing

  • Grade II
  • first listed 8 June 2004
  • listing entry number 1390979

DOG KENNEL BANK. Lowerhouses. Longley New Hall. House, now school, completed 1870 for the Ramsden family, by William Henry Crossland.

EXTERIOR: Dressed coursed sandstone from local quarries with ashlar quoins and dressings, under blue slate roofs in diminishing courses. The house faces NE-SW, with the entrance on the NE facade and a multiplicity of roof lines and gables. All the windows are sash windows with stone mullions and hood and drip mouldings above. Several of the downpipes have decorative carved stone brackets. NE facade: two storeys plus attic floor, five bays with single storey extension to left. Projecting entrance portico has semi-circular arch with ashlar reveals and Ramsden coat of arms in the corners, two-light window to the right, with two similar windows above this and the entrance, and small circular window with decorative surround in the gable. To the left, ground floor has a four-light window with a three-light stepped sash above and a carved coat of arms in the apex of the gable. The gable has a projecting kneeler to the left topped with a bell finial. To the left of this bay is a single storey contemporary extension with a single light and a four-light window and castellated parapet all round its hipped roof. To the right of the entrance a large castellated staircase window curves outwards to meet the two projecting right hand bays which are gabled and have matching three-light windows to ground and first floors and two-light windows in the attic floor. These two bays are significantly higher than the rest and have small slit openings near the top of the gable. The outer corners have projecting kneelers topped with a ball finial. SW facade: The left hand bay is an exact copy of its other end to the front. The next has a large two-storey projection with a conical roof containing three, three-light windows on each floor, those on the ground floor having a transom near the top. The central bay is recessed and has a square-headed door with rectangular fanlight and a single light window, and two single-light windows above, under a hipped roof. The two bays to the right project, the first slightly more than the second, but are otherwise identical. They each have a four-light window to the ground floor and a three-light stepped window above. The steeply sloping gables have a small cross-shaped window near the apex and projecting kneelers. The single storey bay has a two-light window. NW facade: three gabled bays, that to right and left the same as the two right hand bays to the front, the central bay having a canted two storey projection with three large single-light windows on each floor with a continuous drip moulding, and a castellated parapet at the top.

INTERIOR: The portico with original wide oak door leads into a lobby with black and white tiled floor and an etched glass panelled screen to the main entrance hall. This has a wooden balustered staircase curving past the large stair window, and an original stone fireplace with a tall carved wooden overmantel with the Ramsden family initials. A number of original doors lead off, to principal rooms on the NW and service quarters to the SE. Large room with wide bay window to SW elevation has Jacobean style moulded ceiling. The room at the west corner has a blocked stone fireplace, and a number of marble and tile fireplaces survive in several first floor rooms. One of these, which has been moved from its original site in the nursery to an adjoining room, has two circular enamelled panels depicting childhood scenes, in a cast iron surround. Another has Minton tiles in a plain marble surround. Several of the principal rooms on ground and first floor also feature moulded ceilings, and original doors and doorcases survive throughout. The service end of the house is very plain, with a second staircase leading to first floor rooms partly under the eaves. Double height skirting boards and distinctive cast iron radiators are also features of interest. A wall leads from the corner of the inner tall bay at the front to enclose the north-west side of the house, with a semi-circular bastion at north and west corners. A detached stable block to the north-east is said to be by E Blore is in coursed dressed sandstone in a plain gothic style, but has lost its internal features and has been reroofed in concrete tiles. The hall was built to replace a Tudor building on the same site, commissioned by Sir John William Ramsden, 5th baronet. William Henry Crossland was closely associated with the family who owned the manor of Huddersfield. The house was sold in 1920 to the Huddersfield Corporation and in 1924 a girls school was opened in the building. This was replaced by a special school in 1959 which uses the hall as part of its premises.


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Longley Hall, Longley Park, Huddersfield


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