Mechanics' Institute, Marsden

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  • location: Peel Street (corner with Brougham Road), Marsden
  • status: still exists
  • category: institute

The mechanics' hall was opened in 1861 and funded by public subscription.[1]

The building was damaged by fire in March 1902, causing around £1,000 worth of damage. The fire was extinguished by fire brigade from Bank Bottom Mills.[2]

The ground floor of the building was used by Marsden Urban District Council for their offices.

Historic England Listing

  • Grade II
  • first listed 7 February 1977
  • listing entry number 1274926

PEEL STREET. Marsden. Mechanics Institute. 1860. Mechanics Institute by John Hogg of Halifax. Hammer dressed stone with ashlar dressings. Hipped slate roof with frieze of moulded bracketed eaves cornice. Two storeys with deep ashlar band between floors. 3-bay symmetrical facade to Peel Street: central portico with paired, Corinthian columns with backing pilasters, full entablature of blocking course. Later iron balcony rails. Round arched ground floor windows with voussoirs and impost band. Round arched 1st floor windows with impost capitals, scrolled spandrels, console keystone and bracketed cornice. The centre window is surmounted by carved head with scrolled support. The 5-bay symmetrical facade to Brougham Road is treated the same, except that the portico has only single columns, and the 2 ground floor windows to left are square headed with tall brackets supporting cornice. A dormer with scrolled support surmounts this elevation. The 3-bay elevation has good stack at eaves level. Surmounting the corner is a tall, timber, square clock tower, louvred at the base and with round clock to all four faces,which each have triangular pediment over. Steep pyramidal roof with lucarnes and decorative metalwork railings at top. Important corner site.


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Notes and References

  1. Marsden - Then and Now: A Photographic Journey (2008) by Marsden History Group, pages 35 to 36.
  2. "Marsden Mechanics' Institute on Fire" in Leeds Mercury (17/Mar/1902).