(formally know as New North House)
As Featured in Highfields: A Most Handsome Suburb
by David Griffiths
Photography by Andrew Caveney
Published December 2020
The absorbing story behind the development of Highfields, Huddersfield’s first suburb, is written by one of the town’s most knowledgeable local historians.
David Griffiths paints a picture of a distinctive and architecturally significant area, acknowledged today by its conservation area status. This is an outstanding companion to the author’s The Villas of Edgerton.
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The photo below was taken in the 80s when the house was still been used as a Temperance Hall, Sunday school and the rooms could be hired out for dance, piano, drama lessons.
The house which is over 5000 sqft underwent a complete restoration in the 2000 where the black smog from the industrial revolution was removed from the facade to reveal the golden Yorkshire sandstone beneath. The elegant Georgian windows were reinstalled and the roof was painstakingly taken off tile by tile cleaned, repaired and replaced.
Sadly somme of the interior original features had disappeared such as the fireplaces, these have now been reinstated with period fireplaces found in salvage yards.
The cavernous basement was renovated from a dark and damp cellar into modern space with 10 rooms, which now houses the large kitchen with the inglenook fireplace, garden bedroom, spa treatment rooms with the original barrelled celling, art studio, bathroom, pantry, utility, boiler room and cloakroom.