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Letter: Mailbag - Wrong architect.

Byline: ALBERT BOOTH

AS regular as clockwork your Weekly news arrived through my letterbox. Within that edition, regularly at this time of the year, was a festive shopping in Byram Arcade. Unfortunately the copy writer to this feature has been making the same historical mistake which I have for the last 10 years at least tried to correct, but with no success! The error is in the naming of the architect, and I can fully understand why it has continually occurred. The architects name is given as WH Atkinson, and it is the initials. The architect is W H Crossland. William Henry Crossland was a local son of Huddersfield, a pupil of Huddersfield College, articled to Sir George Gillbert Scot who, on his return to Yorkshire, was responsible for many fine buildings in and around Huddersfield. If one wishes to confirm that he was the designer, a visit to the magnificent Victorian Town Hall of Rochdale where one can clearly see the feature of the Stepped Gables we find in Westgate.

There was a W H Atkinson, who had the Austin showroom just under the Viaduct on St John's Road, who I knew slightly for his connection with the Huddersfield Young Men's Christian Association, along with other prominent local business men of the Town in the 1950's and 60's.

ALBERT BOOTH Dalton
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 27, 2007
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