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Officially the 11th largest town in England, found halfway between the cities of Manchester and Leeds, Huddersfield is home to no less than 160,000 people.
Celebrated for its Victorian architecture, Huddersfield railway station is a Grade I listed building and was once described as “the most splendid station façade in England’ by John Betjemen, the acclaimed poet, writer and broadcaster.
history of huddersfield.
There is evidence to suggest that there has been a settlement in the area of Huddersfield for roughly 4,000 years. In the 18th century a Roman fort was discovered four miles outside of the town and is thought to have been the lost Cambodunum station mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary.
The town was recorded in the Domesday Book as both “Oderesfelt” and “Odresfeld” and has been an important market town since the 5th century.
Although many of the local cities and towns, including the likes of Manchester, Leeds and Halifax, greatly benefited from the Industrial Revolution, Huddersfield trod a trickier path to industrial success.
During a time when Europe was frequently at war with itself, trade in the area slumped, and due to the advances brought along by new machinery, many local weavers feared for their livelihoods. Bands of Luddites throughout Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire went on to attack and destroy a great amount of textile machinery throughout 1811-13.
The most notorious attack is often cited to be upon Rawfolds Mill in Huddersfield, which brought about a military response in the form of an army platoon numbering a thousand soldiers. So great in number were they that a ratio of one soldier per inhabitant has been cited by historians. With Huddersfield now well protected, the Luddites began attacking smaller towns and villages nearby.
At its height, clashes between the Luddites and the army became so great that there were more soldiers fighting the uprising than there were facing Napoleon on the Iberian Peninsula. Before long however, three influential Luddites were ambushed and assassinated before a mass trial was organised in York in 1813.
By enforcing harsh punishments such as execution and penal transportation for the majority of those on trial, the proceedings quickly put an end to the movement, with only a couple of incidents occurring thereafter.
Today the town of Huddersfield is thought to be one of the leading cultural towns in the Yorkshire area, especially in regards to music.
Not only is it home to the Huddersfield Choral Society – thought to be the most prominent of its kind – but also the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra and the Huddersfield Singers.
Often held in November, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival also takes place every year, celebrating new jazz, orchestral, choral and electroacoustic artists. Each year a composer in residence is invited to the festival. 2014 saw James Dillon take to the position.
For those who want to enjoy a little peace and quiet, one of the more celebrated landmarks in Huddersfield is Victoria Tower on Castle Hill, which overlooks the town and was constructed to mark Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee Year.
Measuring at 997 feet above sea level, the tower is open to the public throughout much of the year.