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Huddersfield’s Dalton Grange listed

Victorian country house, Dalton Grange, which was set to be demolished under plans submitted to the Council, has now received Grade II-listing following an application supported by the Victorian Society.

Victorian country house, Dalton Grange, which was set to be demolished under plans submitted to the Council, has now received Grade II-listing following an application supported by the Victorian Society. This protection will make it much harder for multinational company, Syngenta, to proceed with its plan to replace the building, currently used by the local community for events, with a carpark.

Victorian Society Conservation Adviser, James Hughes, said: ‘This is great news for Dalton Grange and Huddersfield. Historic England have recognised both the building’s quality and its significant historic interest as both the home of a former Mayor of Huddersfield and as a rare example of a  professional social/gentleman's club. Demolition for a carpark would be wasteful in the extreme. Syngenta, which made gross profits of $15.134 billion in 2014, but says it can no longer afford to subsidise the building, should now reconsider its widely opposed plans for demolition.’

Historic England’s Grade II-listing for Dalton Grange describes the building as a good example of a mid-Victorian country house in Baronial Gothic style, with an interior which maintains stylistic continuity and retains numerous original features. Dalton Grange is considered a good example of notable Huddersfield architect John Kirk’s work, who designed a number of other listed buildings. The building’s ‘significant historic interest’ is also recognised due to its association with industrialist and Mayor of Huddersfield, Henry Brooke, and as a rare example of a workplace-related social club for professionals. Finally, Historic England note that Dalton Grange has strong group value with the nearby Grade II-listed Bradley Mills that were also owned by Brooke when the house was built.

Following advice from the Victorian Society, a listing application was made by Dalton Grange’s tenants who run it as an events venue for the local community.

Thursday 23 July, 2015

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