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Report - Dalton Grange, Huddersfield - March 2018

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Dalton Grange

The history

Dalton Grange, constructed in 1870-1 to the designs of John Kirk, is listed at Grade II and resides in the district of Huddersfield. It is a good example of a mid-Victorian country house in Baronial Gothic style with a distinguished asymmetrical composition and a wealth of carved detailing. The interior maintains stylistic continuity with the Gothic exterior and although it has undergone some alteration numerous original features survive, including an imposing Baronial-style entrance/stair hall. The building's change of use to a gentleman's club in 1916 has also added an impressive billiards room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, Diocletian windows and pilaster decoration. It was designed by the notable Huddersfield architect John Kirk who has a number of listed buildings to his name, and it is a good example of his work. It has significant historic interest through its association with the local industrialist and Mayor of Huddersfield Henry Brooke, and also through its later use as a social/gentleman's club for the research chemists and chemical engineers of Dalton Works; representing a rare example of a workplace-related social club for professionals. The grange has strong group value with the two nearby Grade II listed north-east and south-west mill buildings at Bradley Mills that were owned by Henry Brooke at the time of the house's construction; the house's design incorporating a crenellated look-out tower that provided a view to the two mills, as well as across the Colne Valley. The Grange was previously home to the Dalton Grange Social Club, a club for retired employees of what used to be ICI and Zeneca. The club was wound up in 2012 after a decline in membership while the owners Syngenta carried on maintaining the building at a cost of over £200,000, a Spokesperson for Syngenta said they now plan to explore alternative uses for the building, consistent with its manufacturing operations. Recently the building was saved from demolition (2015) after the building was listed for its architectural importance after owners Syngenta wanted to flatten it. Its understood the chemical giant put in the demolishment order to turn the site into allotments and a car park for the nearby John Smith stadium.

The explore

Having walked a little under a mile to reach the Grange (up a very steep busy road, without footpath) we eventually arrived... making our way down the drive we were met by the 17th century Grange. We started documenting the exterior and was a little surprised to see footprints scattered around in the snow... so decided to head inside. The building itself has stood empty since 2012 and apart from some light vandalism, broken pool cues and a faint smell of drug use everything else appears to be in good order including sensor lighting in some of the hall ways. Slowly working our way through the lower floors which consisted of a bar area, kitchen and entrance hall with a rather nice looking staircase we made our way to the upper floors. Slowly moving across the landing we were surprised by a light shining from one of the rooms... Peeking in we were presented with a full size billiard table complete with over head lighting. Having deliberated over a game then releasing there was just one ball and a rather beat up snooker cue we decided to move on... towards the end of the landing was a further staircase leading to the second floor. This floor looks like it was used by the previous residents and included a bathroom with a rather outdated pink suite. Further was access to the attic and a spiral staircase leading to the roof. we enjoyed the visit but like all explores they eventually come to an end... On considering a re-visit we must remember to bring our cues and instead of parking a mile away and risking our lives on the road maybe just park outside the front gate!

The outside

The staircase / Main entrance hall

The rooms

Billiards room

Other rooms

And that concludes the explore...


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