Huddersfield station listed among best in World March 31, 2023

Huddersfield Railway StationHuddersfield railway station has won many plaudits for its architecture.

It is one of very few stations in England to have a Grade One listing on the national heritage list.

Now it has been listed among the 15 Most Spectacular Stations — in the World!

The judgement was made in a report by the global magazine  Time Out. Huddersfield is described as "A Corinthian palace of a station" and is the only UK station to make the list, ranking alongside stations including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, Kanazawa Station in Japan, New York's Grand Central station in the USA and Liège-Guillemins station in Belgium.

Construction of the Huddersfield station building began in 1846. It was designed as the meeting point of the Huddersfield and Manchester Railway and Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway was being formed that year from the Manchester and Leeds Railway, which ran a line along the Calder Valley, and which had also absorbed the planned Huddersfield and Sheffield Junction Railway. The station was completed in 1850, by which time the Huddersfield and Manchester Railway and Canal Company had been taken over by the London and North Western Railway.

Huddersfield station was once described as having the most splendid station facade in England by the late poet John Betjeman (later Sir John and poet laureate) whose notable achievements also included helping to save St Pancras Station in London.


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