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Tuesday 25th February 2014, 7.30pm    

‘‘The Alderman Clifford Stephenson
Photographic Archive

Chris Marsden, HCS Chairman







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Tuesday 25th February 2014, 7.30pm

by ticket only

The Reception Room, Huddersfield Town Hall


Presentation by HCS Chairman, Chris Marsden


This is a rare opportunity for members and guests to enjoy the recently revealed photographic archive of the late Alderman Clifford Stephenson which has been uncovered in Almondbury, Huddersfield and is presented by our Chairman, Chris Marsden.

Stephenson’s 200 slides were given to a friend, David Clarkson, and he kept them safe for 20 years until a chance conversation with local historian David Griffiths led to the suggestion that Chris Marsden, who was working on a research degree on town centre redevelopment, might be interested.

Chris found the images of value, interesting and intriguing. Mr Clarkson kindly donated the collection to the Civic Society and Dr Jeremy Macafee, executor of Stephenson’s estate, granted the society copyright of the images.

The slides reveal several of Stephenson’s interests, including maps, Almondbury’s history, Aspley, ancient buildings and his passion for the planning of our town centre. He was an advocate for both economic regeneration and architectural conservation and at times the two were irreconcilable.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy images from Huddersfield’s past as well as an opportunity for members to ask questions about the Society’s current work and initiatives.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 4th in the comfort of the Town Hall Reception Room.






HCS Speaker & Events Programme 2014






Happy New Year to all our Members.

Here’s a taste of some of the events and speakers we have lined up to ensure 2014 offers a varied and interesting programme over the next twelve months.

First though we have a new venue for our speaker meetings. From Tuesday 4th February our talks and presentations will be held in the Reception Room at Huddersfield Town Hall*. Generally meetings will now be held at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of a month but the programme offers a range of other dates for excursions and visits, so those who are not always able to attend Tuesday meetings will have a number of opportunities to participate.

Our first meeting on the 4 February will be an exploration of the photographic archive of the late Alderman Clifford Stephenson, a fascinating insight to how the town once looked, presented by our Chairman, Chris Marsden.

The society’s AGM will be held on 4 March, followed by the 2013 Design Awards’ presentations and speaker.

On the afternoon of Sunday 30 March join David Griffiths of Huddersfield Local History Society for a walk round key landmarks within the important Edgerton Conservation Area, ending with hot drinks at the Ukrainian Club.

On 6 May there’s a chance for Members to participate in an interactive talk by Jan Scrine of the Milestone Society on how to preserve manuscripts and other domestic artefacts you may have lying in your attic.

The major programme of repair and conservation work to Huddersfield Parish Church, sensitively carried out by Huddersfield architects, One 17 Design, will be the subject of our 1 April meeting, presented by Stuart Beaumont.

All those who attended last year’s day trip to Pontefract and Castleford were delighted with what they saw. So for 2014 we have an equally fascinating trip to the Rochdale area to see the ‘Middleton Cluster’, which includes the Edgar Wood (designer of Huddersfield’s Grade 1 Banney Royd) Centre, then on to Rochdale for a town centre walk and visit to Rochdale Pioneer Museum. The day starts at 9.00am on Saturday 14 June and will cost £26 including lunch and refreshments.

Our evening visit, on Monday 18 August, will be to Saddleworth where the local civic society will lead a walk around the attractive and historic centre of Uppermill, followed by supper at the Navigation Inn at Dobcross.

On to autumn when we have three special events planned. On the evening of Monday 15 September will be visiting the new archives centre at the University of Huddersfield. On the Tuesday 7 October Brian Heywood of the Rugby League Heritage Project will present the Huddersfield World War 1 Trail, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. Then, very much in the planning stages, we hope on Tuesday 4 November to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Huddersfield Civic Society. It is intended this will be a very special event, attended by some well known speakers and guests.

This is just a taste of our 2014 programme. Other dates and other speakers will be announced in the next few months and specific details and invitations for all the above events will be sent to members well before they occur.

So all that remains is for you to open your new calendars and ensure these events are highlighted. We look forward to seeing you in 2014.


* Should any member be unfamiliar with the location of the Town Hall please contact a member of the committee for help.


Please note subscriptions for 2014-15 are now due.



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Huddersfield Heritage

A town centre trail

The self-guided trail can be followed with a free colour guide and map available from local libraries and information centres. The handy guide gives both visitors and local people an introduction to the features and history of the town. The initiative has been developed by a partnership of Huddersfield Civic Society and Huddersfield Local History Society with funding from the Huddersfield Area Committee of Kirklees Council.

The Heritage Trail is being developed further with an interpretation board in St Georges Square, building plaques are being designed and phone apps are being considered. Other Huddersfield town centre trails are being prepared for launch later in the year.


Huddersfield Heritage is to boost tourism in the town centre


Photos of Huddersfield
The Objects of the Society  
  • To encourage high standards of architecture and town planning.

  • To stimulate public interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of the town and its surroundings.

  • To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historical interest.

  • To pursue these ends by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publicity and promotion of schemes of a charitable nature.

Current ongoing planning issues

2a Inglewood Avenue Castle Hill Hotel Wind Turbine Proliferation
2010/90936 Original Application Refused 2009/93504 Erection of replacement bar and restaurant including first floor guest accommodation and other associated works Refused 2009/93359 Erection of two 11kw wind turbines on 18m masts Refused

Appeal Upheld (Conditions Varied)
2011/91123 Modified Application Refused 2012/91867 Erection of public house/hotel with associated parking Refused 2009/92869 Erection of vertical axis wind turbine on 11 metre high mast in redundant quarry Refused
2011/91123 Further Society comment on works 2012/93683 Erection of public house/hotel with associated parking Deemed Withdrawn 11/01466 Installation of one Endurance E-3120 50kW wind turbine on 25 metre mast Withdrawn
2012/90153 Erection of detached dwelling (modified proposal) Refusal by Inspector of retrospective permission for unauthorised works.
Applied for enforcement.
      11/01466 Installation of one Endurance E-3120 50kW wind turbine on 25 metre mast Re-submission
2012/91290 Erection of detached dwelling with integral garage (modified proposal) Conditional Full Permission       2011/90818 Installation of 1no. Endurance E-3120 50KW wind turbine at the site of Round Ing Conditional Full Permission
2012/93414 Installation of window and alterations to convert plant room to accommodation Refused
      2011/92089 Installation of one WES30 250kW wind turbine on a 31m monopole mast. Refused

Appeal Dismissed
            2012/91594 Installation of one endurance 50Kw Wind Turbine Refused
            2012/91598 Erection of one endurance 50Kw wind turbine 34.2M in overall height Refused
            2013/91522 Installation of a 60.7m Enercon E-33 330Kw wind turbine with height to hub of 44m Withdrawn
            2013/91523 Installation of a 60.7m Enercon E-33 330Kw wind turbine with height to hub of 44m Withdrawn


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We work closely with the Huddersfield Local History Society
We are active members of the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies
The society is a member of the national movement Civic Voice.