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Kirklees College started life as Huddersfield Royal Infirmary which was designed by Joseph Kay and opened in 1831. Later additions include the south wing in 1861, the north wing in 1874 and the Carlisle Wing, financed by a gift from Sir Hildred Carlisle in 1898. The foundation stone for a further extension was laid by the Duke of York in 1932.
The infirmary moved to new facilities at Lindley which were completed in 1965 and formally opened by Prime Minister Harold Wilson in January 1967. In the late 60’s the former Ramsden Technical College purchased the site for £105,000 with addition blocks being added in the early 70’s. By 1978 there were more than 8,000 pupils studying at the college – by this point known as ‘Huddersfield Technical College’ and made up on 10 blocks covering 6 acres.
In 2008, Huddersfield Technical College merged with Dewsbury College to become Kirklees College. Kirklees College would relocate to a new purpose built £70 million site in 2013 known as the ‘Waterfront Campus’.
I visited this place sometime last year but the weather was shite and it was pitch black so a sunny revisit was on the cards sometime. Even though the place is an absolute bombsite it has a lot of the things I want from a bit of UE tourism. Large enough to get lost in, contrasting styles of architecture, science classrooms, rooftops… And most of all it’s just good fun.
Visited with @Gsxrwayne
Main entrance of the 1830’s Royal Infirmary buildings which became the ‘F Block’ of the college
Main entrance of A Block from New North Road
At the other end of the site, J Block from Fitzwilliam Street
In the main entrance of the old bit, despite the damage it’s good to see the nice fanlight stained glass window has survived
The crusty bedframe which is a leftover prop from a film called ‘Extremis’ which was filmed in the college after closure
Heading towards E Block which houses the canteen and kitchen areas
Moving into the newer bits
The science classrooms are upstairs in A Block, unfortunately there were only a couple of rooms which have escaped smashings over the years
A view of the site looking North East from the roof of A Block and some general views of Huddersfield
And that was about it, thanks for looking