It was once described by Sir John Betjeman as “the most splendid in England”.

And although it may not quite have hit those lofty heights now, Huddersfield Railway Station has been highlighted in a list of great English stations by no less an authority than English Heritage.

It is above the stunning St Pancras station in London, recently revamped at a staggering cost of £800m.

The list of top stations starts with London Paddington, a Brunel masterpiece, and ends at St Pancras, where the poet Betjeman is celebrated with a larger-than-life statue.

 

Paddington, in the limelight again with the release of the family film about a certain bear, is included as “the first real cathedral of the railway age”. Next is Newcastle, described as “a classical tour-de-force”. Windsor and Eton Riverside is chosen because of its “engaging Tudor-style composition”, while Carlisle is “built in fine, local red sandstone, complemented by an ecclesiastical-looking clock tower”.

English Heritage say Huddersfield deserves its place because it is “fronted by a magnificent classical portico” and comes in at fifth in the list.

Huddersfield station, which faces out across the revamped St George’s Square, is a Grade I listed building.

It was designed by the architect James Pigott Pritchett and built by the firm of Joseph Kaye between 1846 and 1850.

The station is well known in architectural circles for its classical-style facade, with a portico of the Corinthian order, consisting of six columns in width and two in depth, which dominate the Square.

There are currently six platforms in use, with TransPennine and Northern services using the station. Figures released last week show it was used for more than 4.6m journeys last year.

The full Top 10 is

1. Paddington

2. Newcastle Central, Tyne & Wear

3. Windsor and Eton Riverside, Berkshire

4. Carlisle Citadel, Cumbria

5. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

6. Monkwearmouth, Tyne & Wear

7. Battle, East Sussex

8. Wolferton, Norfolk

9. Great Malvern, Worcestershire

10. London St Pancras

You can see more images of Huddersfield Railway Station down the years in our special gallery looking at St George's Square and the buildings around it.