SE0925 : Architectural detail, Somerset House, Halifax

taken 12 years ago, near to Halifax, Calderdale, Great Britain

Architectural detail, Somerset House, Halifax
Architectural detail, Somerset House, Halifax
Somerset House is (or was) a substantial classical Georgian mansion designed by John Carr in the 1760s, and is grade II* listed. The house was owned by John Royds, a local merchant banker. Later the Rawson family established a bank on the premises, later to become the Union Bank. The name Somerset House was given to the property by a manager of the bank who had interests in that county.

The house once had extensive grounds stretching for some way to the south. These can been seen on the OS map from the 1850s, surrounded by the growing town centre. By the 1890s Rawson Street, Powell Street and Commercial Street had been laid out, with the infill becoming more dense over the next 50 years. One wing of the building has been moved to accommodate building of a bank building on Commercial Street; this means the building is no longer symmetrical

The west wing was obscured by a two story building, and a row of free standing shops built between the wings. All sides of the building, including the long rear facade, have had shop fronts inserted.

The upper parts of the building had been unused for some time, but had retained high quality rococo plasterwork and chimney pieces.

After a long period of neglect and abuse it was announced in 2006 that Somerset House was to be renovated / redeveloped. The restored Grand Salon hosts weddings / civil partnership ceremonies.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 12 January, 2006   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 6 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Calderdale  Halifax 
Person (from Tags)
John Carr 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 0917 2508 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:43.3229N 1:51.7507W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 09197 25059
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Redevelopment  Listed Building  Somerset House  Royds Mansion  Rawson Street 

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