Huddersfield Railway Station is widely held to be one of the finest classical stations in Britain and stands as a dominant reminder of the prosperity of the city's former textile industry.
Constructed by two rival rail companies in 1850, the station contained separate ticket offices at either end of the building, with first and second class restrooms in between. Over the years, the internal layout has been subdivided and the ticket offices consolidated, obscuring original historic features. However, WA's Sheffield team has recently completed a historic fabric appraisal to assess the surviving elements of the original design and has identified evidence for the former division of facilities, including ornate floors, and fireplace of a first class lounge, a disused gents lavatory, lamp room and a labyrinth of dank mouldering rooms within the basement of the building, left unused for decades.
A secondary stage of archaeological recording, utilising specialist medium format photography has ensured that during essential refurbishment works the historic fabric of the station is documented and understood.