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Coordinates: 53°38′42″N 1°46′47″W / 53.6450°N 1.7798°W / 53.6450; -1.7798

A view of Huddersfield Town from Castle Hill
Huddersfield is located in West Yorkshire

 Huddersfield shown within West Yorkshire
Population 146,234 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SE145165
Metropolitan borough Kirklees
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HD1-5, HD7-8
Dialling code 01484
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Huddersfield
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Huddersfield (About this sound pronunciation - hudders-feeld ) is a large market town within the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, England, 190 miles (310 km) north of London, and 10.3 miles (16.6 km) south of Bradford, the nearest city.

Huddersfield is near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme. Located within the historic county boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire, according to the 2001 Census it was the 10th largest town in the UK and with a total resident population of 146,234. It is the largest urban area in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees and the administrative centre of the borough. The town is well known for its important role in the Industrial Revolution, the birthplace of rugby league and for being the birthplace of the late British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

Huddersfield today is a town of higher education, the media and sports, being home to the rugby league team, Huddersfield Giants, founded in 1895, who currently play in the European Super League and Football League One football team Huddersfield Town F.C., founded in 1908. The town is home to the University of Huddersfield and sixth form Greenhead College.

Huddersfield is a town of Victorian architecture. Huddersfield railway station is a Grade I listed building and was described by John Betjeman as 'the most splendid station facade in England' second only to St Pancras, London. The station stands in St George's Square, and has been given a £1 million make over and subsequently won the Europa Nostra award for European architecture.



Early history

There has been a settlement in the vicinity for over 4,000 years.[1] The remains of a Roman fort were unearthed in the middle of the 18th century at Slack near Outlane, just west of the town.[2] Castle Hill, a major landmark of the town, was also the site of an Iron Age hill fort. Huddersfield itself was noted in the 1086 Domesday Book as a village known as Oderesfelt also as Odresfeld.

Huddersfield from Castle Hill

Huddersfield has been known as a market town since Saxon times. The market cross is on Market Place.

Industrial Revolution

Huddersfield was a centre of civil unrest during the Industrial Revolution. In a period where Europe was experiencing frequent wars, where trade had slumped and the crops had failed, many local weavers faced losing their means of livelihood due to the introduction of new machinery, which would have condemned them to poverty or even starvation. The Luddites began destroying mills and machinery in response; one of the most notorious attacks was on Cartwright — a Huddersfield mill-owner, who had a reputation for cruelty — and his Rawfords Mill. In his book Rebels Against the Future, Kirkpatrick Sale describes how a large army platoon was stationed at Huddersfield to deal with Luddites; at its peak, there were around a thousand soldiers in Huddersfield and only ten thousand civilians. In response, the Luddites began to focus their attacks on nearby towns and villages, which were less well-protected; the largest act of damage that they ever did was the complete destruction of Foster's Mill at Horbury — a village, which is about 10 miles (16 km) east of Huddersfield.[3] The government campaign that eventually crushed the movement was provoked by a murder that took place in Huddersfield. William Horsfall, a mill-owner and a passionate prosecutor of Luddites, was killed in 1812.[4] Although the movement faded out afterwards, Parliament began to increase welfare provision for those out of work, and to introduce regulations to improve conditions in the mills.

Political history

Huddersfield had a strong liberal tradition up to the 1950s and this is still reflected in the large number of liberal social clubs in the town. The current Member of Parliament (MP) for the Huddersfield constituency is Barry Sheerman, a Labour Co-operative member. Kirklees Council was the first in the UK to have a Green Party councillor: Nicholas Harvey who lived in Taylor Hill and represented the Newsome Ward. Nick, a former employee at Huddersfield railway station, was instrumental in the creation of the protest train against the intended closure of the Settle to Carlisle rail line. He declined to stand for a second term and no longer lives in Huddersfield. He is now a resident of Filey where he operates his own 'Green' railway train.[5]

The far-left is well represented in Huddersfield (considering its size), with Revolution, Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party of England and Wales all having active groups which are involved in campaigns such as Stop the War, Save Huddersfield NHS, Huddersfield Anti-Academies Alliance and Unique Care Workers Support Group, as well as individual members of Workers Power (involved in Revolution and their group in Leeds), Socialist Appeal and Communist Party of Britain. The Town also has a well represented Conservative Party presence, with various other Center-Right, Rightist and UKIP groups.

Two Prime ministers have spent part of their childhood in Huddersfield, Harold Wilson and Herbert Asquith. Wilson is commemorated by a statue in front of the railway station. There is no memorial to Asquith's briefer connection with the town.


Civic history

Huddersfield was incorporated as a municipal borough within the ancient West Riding of Yorkshire in 1868. The borough comprised the parishes of Almondbury, Dalton, Huddersfield, Lindley-cum-Quarmby and Lockwood. When the West Riding County Council was formed in 1889, Huddersfield became a county borough, exempt from county council control. Huddersfield expanded in 1937, including parts of the Golcar, Linthwaite, and South Crosland urban districts.[6] The county borough was abolished in 1974 and its former area was combined with that of other districts to form the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire.

Attempts by the local council to gain support for city status were rejected by the town's population in an unofficial referendum held by the local newspaper, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. The council did not apply for that status in either the 2000 or 2002 competitions.[7] City status is given to districts, so it would have been Kirklees rather than Huddersfield that would have been declared a city.

According to the United Kingdom Census 2001 the population of the Huddersfield urban sub-area of the West Yorkshire Urban Area was 146,234, and the population of the former area of the county borough was 121,620. The wider South Kirklees area had a population of 216,011.


Huddersfield is still a manufacturing town, despite the fact that the university is the largest employer. Historically the town produced textiles. The number of people who work in textiles has declined, but those companies which survive produce large quantities of woollen products with little labour. The town is home to textile, chemical and engineering companies; including Cummins Turbo Technologies (turbocharger manufacturers), C & J Antich (textiles), Syngenta AG (agro-chemicals), James Crowther (textiles), Sellers (Textile Machinery), Pennine Radio Limited (electronics transformers and sheet metalworking) as well as a large number of niche manufacturers. Huddersfield is home to 'Andrew Jones Pies' a regional award winning pie-maker, where a worker was killed in a gas explosion on 10 April 2009.[8][9]



Huddersfield experiences a temperate oceanic climate which is relatively mild for its latitude, which comes without major temperature extremes due to the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream. According to the Köppen climate classification, Huddersfield is certified as Cfb.

Climate data for Huddersfield
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 5
Average low °C (°F) 2
Source: [2] 2008-12-19

Divisions and suburbs

After boundary changes in 2004, Huddersfield now covers eight of the twenty-three electoral wards for Kirklees Council. Neighbouring wards in the Colne Valley, Holme Valley, and Kirkburton are often considered to be part of Huddersfield though they are predominantly semi-rural. Huddersfield town centre is located within the Newsome ward. The eight wards that make up Huddersfield proper, with their populations, areas and constituent suburbs (mid-year 2005 estimates) are:

Ward Population Area (miles²) Population density (/mile²) Places covered
Almondbury[10] 16,610 3.863 4,299 Almondbury, Fenay Bridge, Lascelles Hall, Lepton
Ashbrow[11] 17,470 4.366 4.001 Ashbrow, Brackenhall, Bradley, Deighton, Fixby, Netheroyd Hill, Sheepridge
Crosland Moor & Netherton[12] 17,400 2.856 6,092 Beaumont Park, Crosland Moor, Lockwood, Longroyd Bridge, Netherton, South Crosland, Thornton Lodge
Dalton[13] 17,520 4.975 3.521 Colne Bridge, Dalton, Kirkheaton, Moldgreen, Rawthorpe, Upper Heaton, Waterloo
Golcar[14] 17,370 2.375 7,313 Cowlersley, Golcar, Longwood, Linthwaite (part of), Milnsbridge, Salendine Nook
Greenhead[15] 17,620 1.706 10,328 Birkby, Edgerton, Fartown, Hillhouse, Marsh, Paddock
Lindley[16] 17,020 2.737 6,218 Ainley Top, Birchencliffe, Lindley, Mount, Oakes
Newsome[17] 17,110 3.233 5,292 Armitage Bridge, Berry Brow, Hall Bower, Lowerhouses, Newsome, Primrose Hill, Springwood, Taylor Hill



Like many former mill towns, Huddersfield has a higher than average number of residents from ethnic minorities. The white population comprise 81% of the population comparing to 91.3% for England as a whole. The largest ethnic minority group are those who have described themselves as being Asian or British Asian originating from Pakistan with 10,837, or 8.9% (compared to 1.4% for England). An ethnicity summary of the town's 121,620 population is 98,454 (81.0%) white, 15,072 (12.4%) Asian or British Asian, 4,328 (3.6%) Black or Black British, 328 (0.3%), 259 (0.2%) Other and 3,131 (2.6%) Mixed.[18]


Huddersfield is slightly above the English average for those who have no religion and also for the number of Muslims. Conversely, it is below average for its number of Christians.

There are a number of churches, mosques and temples covering a wide spectrum of religions in the Huddersfield area. These include the established Christian denominations — Church of England Anglicanism, Baptist, Methodism, Presbyterianism and the Roman Catholic Church. Plus increasingly religions of other countries — Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormon and Sikhism.

Denomination Population Percentage Comparative percentage for England
Christian 77,843 64.0 71.7
Buddhist 133 0.1 0.3
Hindu 577 0.5 1.1
Jewish 70 0.1 0.5
Muslim 12,147 10.0 3.0
Sikh 2,250 1.9 0.6
Other religions 341 0.3 0.3
No religion 18,694 15.4 14.8
Religion not stated 9,604 7.9 7.7

Landmarks and architecture

Victoria Tower at 'Castle Hill'

Huddersfield is notable for its abundance of fine Victorian architecture. It has the third highest number of listed buildings of any town or city in the UK[19]. The most conspicuous landmark in the Huddersfield area is Victoria Tower on Castle Hill. Overlooking the town, the tower was constructed to mark Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee Year. A picture of the Victoria Tower features on the New Zealand wine Castle Hill.

The colonnaded Huddersfield railway station in St George's Square was once described as 'a stately home with trains in it', and by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as 'one of the best early railway stations in England'.[20] A bronze statue of Huddersfield-born Sir Harold Wilson, Prime Minister 1964–1970 and 1974–1976 stands before the entrance in St George's Square.

The Huddersfield parish church (St. Peters Church) was constructed in 1838 and is adjacent to the town centre, on Byram Street, near the Pack Horse Centre.

The Pack Horse Centre is a covered pedestrianised shopping area constructed over the former cobblestoned street known as the Pack Horse Walk, named in memory of the beasts of burden, Pack horses which ferried merchandise over the Pennines before the Standedge Tunnels were built. This pedestrian-only link passes from Kirkgate, across King Street and along Victoria Lane, by the Shambles, to the Piazza and the distinctive Market Hall at Queensgate, which was built to replace the old Shambles Market Hall in the early 1970s.[21] Next to the Piazza is the Victorian Town Hall and the 1930s Public Library.



A map of Huddersfield from 1954

Huddersfield is well connected to the national motorway network via the M1 and M62 motorways. The M1 passes near the eastern fringes of the town about 10 miles (16 km) away. The M62 comes much nearer (about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) away) and Huddersfield is served by three junctions: Mount (A640, J23 – limited access), Ainley Top (A629, J24) and between Brighouse and Cooper Bridge (A644, J25).

The Huddersfield Corporation built an inner ring road (part of the A62) in the 1970s. The area within this ring road has come to define the central business district of the town. The ring road is effective in relieving traffic congestion in the town centre where many roads are now pedestrianised.

Main routes into Huddersfield include the A62 Leeds Road, A641 Bradford Road, A629 Halifax Road, A640 New Hey Road and the A62 Manchester Road.


Huddersfield railway station enjoys a comprehensive local and regional rail service. However, there is no direct service to London, with passengers having to change at either Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds or Wakefield Westgate. Many services are subsidised by the local-government public transport coordinator, Metro. A frequent express service operates to the nearby principal cities of Leeds and Manchester and a regular service to Darlington, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester Airport, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, Scarborough and York. This is operated by First TransPennine Express. There are also local stopping services operated by Northern Rail which link Huddersfield with Barnsley, Bradford, Brighouse, Dewsbury, Halifax, Leeds, Sheffield and Wakefield.

Huddersfield Railway Station in St. George's Square


The Huddersfield Free Town Bus

Huddersfield bus station was opened by the Mayor, Councillor Mernagh on 26 March 1974, despite the fact that it had not actually been completed.[22] It is the busiest bus station in West Yorkshire with a daily footfall of almost 35,000. The majority of bus services pass through the bus station. Many services are subsidised by Metro, the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

Huddersfield's bus operators reflect the national situation; local subsidiaries of three dominant national operators provide most of the services in the area: First Calderdale & Huddersfield who provide most local services across Huddersfield with some services running outside the Kirklees area with destinations including Bradford, Brighouse, Halifax, Manchester and Oldham. Arriva Yorkshire, who provide frequent services along Leeds Road to Dewsbury and Leeds, and Centrebus Holdings (Huddersfield Bus Company), through its recently-acquired subsidiary, Yorkshire Traction, who provide almost all services in the south east of the town. Other smaller operators include locally based operators Teamdeck, trading under the name of K-Line' and Stotts Coaches. Centrebus Holdings purchased Teamdeck in May 2008, along with Stagecoach Yorkshire's Huddersfield depot.[23]

In November 2006, a zero-fare town centre bus service, known as Free Town Bus, was launched. Buses run every ten minutes from 7.30 a.m. (from the railway station) to 7.00 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Saturday. Stops on the route include the bus station, University of Huddersfield, Kingsgate, and the indoor market. The service is run by K-Line in partnership with Kirklees Council and Metro.


The Huddersfield Broad Canal, originally the Sir John Ramsden Canal, and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal (both navigable by narrowboat and the former by wider craft also) wind around the south side of the town. To the rear of the YMCA in the Turnbridge section there is an electrically operated road bridge, which is still in use, to raise the road and allow boat traffic to pass. This bridge was originally opened by use of a windlass system.


Football and rugby league are the two main sports in Huddersfield. The town has a professional football team Huddersfield Town F.C who currently play in League One. In 1926, they became the first English team to win three successive league titles a feat which only three other clubs have been able to match.

The town is known as being the birth place of rugby league and the town is home to the Huddersfield Giants who currently play in the Super League the top division in Europe. The town is also home to Huddersfield Underbank Rangers rugby league club who currently play in the Rugby league conference.

The town is also home to a number of other sports clubs including Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club who playing the National Division Three North and Huddersfield Rams Aussie Rules club. The main sporting arena in the town is the Galpharm Stadium which is home to both the football team and rugby league side.

Rugby Football

The split

Rugby was first recorded in the town in 1848 and the Huddersfield Athletic Club, the direct progenitors of the current Huddersfield Giants, formed in 1864, playing their first rugby game in 1866. It was in Huddersfield on 29 August 1895 that 22 northern clubs held a meeting in the George Hotel and voted to secede from the Rugby Football Union to set up their own Northern Rugby Football Union. In 1922 this became the Rugby Football League.

The Rugby League Heritage Centre is located in the basement of the George Hotel.

Rugby league

Following the split of 1895 Huddersfield became a focus for rugby league and is currently represented by the Huddersfield Giants in the Super League competition, and by Huddersfield Underbank Rangers in National League 3. The Huddersfield Giants (under their original name of Huddersfield Rugby League Club) have won the Rugby Football League Championship seven times, most recently in 1961–62, and the Challenge Cup six times, the last success being in 1952–53.

Rugby union

After 1895 rugby in the Huddersfield area was played exclusively under the auspices of the Northern Rugby Football Union until 1909 when Huddersfield Old Boys were formed to play under rugby union rules, nomadically playing at five grounds until buying farmland at Waterloo in 1919 and, in 1946, retitling the club as Huddersfield RUFC.

In 1997 the Waterloo junior grounds were sold and a 26-acre (0.11 km2), former Bass Brewery estate, at Lockwood Park was purchased for construction of a replacement. With the assistance of a matching £2 million grant from Sport England, the club has transformed the site into a major sports complex, conference centre and business park.

Association football

Huddersfield Town FC is the town's senior association football team, founded in 1908, and currently playing in Coca-Cola League One.

In 1921–22 Huddersfield won the FA Cup and between 1923–26 they became the first club to win the League Championship three times in a row, an achievement matched only by three other teams. However, they have been less successful in modern times, having not played in the top division since the early 1970s.

The club left its ground at Leeds Road in 1994 and now shares the Galpharm Stadium with the Huddersfield Giants rugby league team.

Notable ex-players include Scottish international Denis Law, Ray Wilson, a World Cup winner with England in 1966 and Trevor Cherry, England international. Herbert Chapman, Bill Shankly and Neil Warnock are notable former Huddersfield Town managers.

Australian Rules Football

Huddersfield has an Australian rules football team, formed in 2008, who played their first season in 2009 and won the Aussie Rules UK National League - Central Division. They will be taking part in the North West Division in 2010.


Huddersfield has a number of field hockey teams, many of which train at the Lockwood Park sports complex on the all weather pitch.[24]


Notable local people include James Whitham, former 'British Superbike Champion', and former British Stock Car Association (BriSCA) Formula 1 driver, Kev Smith.

Lepton born Tom Sykes is a new addition to the Yamaha Motor Italia World team in the 2009 World Superbike season[25] after impressive spells in both British Supersports & British Superbikes, in which in the latter he finished 4th in the 2009 Season. He also managed to win his first race in World Superbikes in one of two wildcard meetings.

Motorcycle speedway racing was staged in Huddersfield in the UK pioneer year of 1928. A venue in the town staged four or five meetings.



Huddersfield Choral Society, founded in 1836, claims to be the UK's leading choral society. Its history was chronicled in the book 'And The Glory',[26] written to commemorate the Society's 150th anniversary in 1986 — its title derived from a line in the Hallelujah Chorus featuring in Handel's landmark choral arrangement The Messiah. The author was a choir member for over 35 years.

More recently, the town's other main claim to international musical renown is the annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. It is also home to the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra and the Huddersfield Singers.

On Christmas Day 1977, Sex Pistols played their last two British shows, one of which was a matinee for the children of striking firefighters, at the then 'Ivanhoe's' nightclub venue, before embarking on the ill-fated US tour which saw them collapse into acrimony. In the early-mid 1990s, Flex, the seminal underground Jungle/Drum 'n' Bass record label, was founded in Huddersfield by the musician and future BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ, L Double. In 2000 another independent record label Chocolate Fireguard Records was founded in Huddersfield by singer Pat Fulgoni who also developed the three stage Community music event Timeless Festival held in the town's Ravensknowle Park, featuring a range of electronica, hip hop and rock music.

There are a number of other annual local music festivals held within the town and surrounding area, examples being the Marsden Jazz Festival,[27] Mrs Sunderland,[28] Janet Beaumont, the Holmfirth Festivals, and the Haydn Wood (Linthwaite). The Haydn Wood and Mrs Sunderland events focus on musical and oratorial performance by the town's younger generations. Also, in recent years, free music concerts have been put on for the town, including bands such as The Ordinary Boys, The Script and Elliott Minor. There are however many other local choirs, both youth and adult, a noted example of the latter being the Honley Male voice choir.[29]

Home-grown musical talent of all kinds is complemented by the student intake to the University of Huddersfield's music department.

Further fame was added to the musical history of Huddersfield by the inclusion of the song "The Sheriff of Huddersfield" by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden on the B-side to their 1986 single "Wasted Years". Written about their co-manager Rod Smallwood, leaving his home town of Huddersfield and struggling to settle into life in Los Angeles.

Huddersfield is home to Thrash metal band Evile. Dance rock outfit Kava Kava and the birthplace of the synthpop musician Billy Currie of (Ultravox and Visage) fame and the hard rock bassist John McCoy who played with Neo and Gillan.

Huddersfield Town Hall

The building was designed by John H Abbey and was built in two stages between 1875 and 1881. The first section of the building opened on the 26th June 1878 and comprised of the Mayor's Parlour, Council Chamber, Reception Room and a variety of municipal offices including the Sanitary Inspector, Inspector of Weights and Measures, Medical Officer, Town Clerk, Borough Surveyor and the Rates Office. The second section of the building was opened in October 1881 and comprised the Magistrates Court and Concert Hall, which seats up to 1200 people and hosts various events ranging from classical to comedy and from choral to community events.

Film and televisual arts

Various long-running television series have been filmed in and around Huddersfield. These include Last of the Summer Wine, which is usually associated with Holmfirth, but uses various locations in both the Holme and Colne valleys; Where the Heart Is, was filmed in the Colne valley around Slaithwaite and finished filming in 2006; Wokenwell, also shot on location in the Colne valley in and around Marsden; and The League of Gentlemen, that also makes extensive use of locations around Marsden. The feature films Between Two Women and The Jealous God were both filmed extensively in and around Huddersfield.

Visual arts

Kirklees council's cultural services also ensure that the art gallery, which occupies the top floor of the library on Princess Alexandra Walk, offers a balanced schedule, all year round, which showcases local painters and photographers alongside commissioned artists' displays.

Cultural events

Huddersfield Festival of Light

This 'Free festival' takes place annually in November, usually in the town centre adjacent to the railway station. Each year a performance is put on by a different theatre company. The event finale is a firework display. The 2007 show was performed by French company Plasticiens Volants, which saw large inflatable sea creatures paraded through the streets as they told their story of 'Pearl'. The 2005 and 2008 performances were both by the Valencian artists Xarxa Teatre.

Huddersfield Caribbean Carnival

The carnival, usually in mid July, begins with a procession from the Hudawi Cultural Centre in the suburb of Hillhouse, through the town centre to Greenhead Park where troupes display their costumes on stage. West Indian food, fairground rides and various stalls and attractions are available to try. A 'young blud' stage presents Hip Hop, UK garage, RnB and bassline.[30]

Kirklees Asian Mela

The mela usually follows on the day after the Caribbean carnival, attractions include Asian displays on the stage including Indian/Pakistani dancing, Bhangra and Asian Garage music. Stalls sell an array of Asian foods, Henna designs, jewellery and colourful Sari's. It is usually held in Greenhead Park.

The Pink Picnic

Each year since 1986 Huddersfield gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community have embarked on a summer celebration and picnic. The event now attracts thousands from miles around and is held as a gay pride event at Castle Hill.

Present day

Shopping and entertainment

Huddersfield has a large and diverse retail shopping area — mostly enclosed within the town's ring road — compared with other towns of its size. There are three adjacent shopping schemes: Kingsgate, the Packhorse Precinct and the Piazza. The Piazza offers an outdoor shopping mall bordering the Public library, with a partially grassed area, used for relaxation and various events held throughout the year such as entertainment, International Markets and iceskating in winter. Through the adjacent Market Arcade there is a covered market hall, which has listed building status, due in part to its distinctive roof formed by hyperbolic paraboloids. It is also adjacent to the town hall and public library (see Historical landmarks above). An open market is located next to the Tesco store, on the opposite side of the town centre. Virtual Huddersfield features photographs of nearly 2,000 local shops as well as videos of local events, aerial views and live webcams.

The town centre is home to several national high street retailers and chain stores including Clinton Cards, GAME, Gamestation, HMV, House of Fraser, JD Sports, JJB Sports, W H Smiths and Wilkinsons; up until January 2008, it also had a Woolworths. Fast food outlets include Burger King, KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Subway and Wimpy. High-street clothing and fashion retail outlets such as British Home Stores, Marks & Spencer, River Island, Topman and Next. Huddersfield has four major supermarket outlets, one Morrisons, two Sainsbury's, one Tesco (excluding the Tesco Expresses found in Marsh and Dalton). Additional smaller supermarkets include: one Asda, one Netto and two Lidl stores. There is also a wide variety of small specialist independent shops, many of them located in the three-storey Byram Arcade.

The Lawrence Batley Theatre, opened in 1994, housed in what was once the largest Wesleyan Chapel in the world[31], and now presents dance, drama, comedy, music and exhibitions. Among other things, it acts as the base for Full Body And The Voice, a company focusing on the integration of disabled people into mainstream theatre.

The Galpharm Stadium (formerly the Alfred McAlpine Stadium), is a multi-use sports stadium and provides many sporting activities including a gym, swimming pool, spa and several types of sporting classes. The stadium is home to the local rugby league team Huddersfield Giants and the Huddersfield Town football team. Adjacent to the stadium is an Odeon cinema, Huddersfield's only major cinema.


Huddersfield has a large selection of pubs, restaurants and night clubs. One of the venues, Tokyo, is located in the former Huddersfield County Court, which is a 19th century Grade II listed building that had also been used as a Squash club. The oldest pub in the town centre is the Parish (formerly the Fleece inn), the pub has been trading since 1720.


As well as a complete range of primary and secondary schools, which cover compulsory and sixth form education for the town's suburbs, Huddersfield is the home to two dedicated sixth form colleges, Huddersfield New College located at Salendine Nook, and Greenhead College located west of the town centre. Huddersfield Grammar School is the only independent school in Huddersfield to offer secondary education, though it does not offer sixth form education. The town centre has one general further education college, Kirklees College which was formed following the merger of Dewsbury College and Huddersfield Technical College. Huddersfield has one establishment of higher education in the University of Huddersfield. The current Chancellor of the University is the actor Patrick Stewart who comes from Mirfield.


Huddersfield has one main hospital, the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary situated in Lindley, and the smaller St. Luke's Hospital at Crosland Moor, formerly a workhouse for the poor before its conversion to a maternity hospital, which currently provides geriatric and psychiatric care. Plus various Physiological testing facilities for the medical Consultants outpatient clinics at the Royal Infirmary, such as Gamma-Irradiation Scanning, Chest X-ray services, Electromyography and Nerve conduction tests. Kirkwood Hospice provides care for the terminally ill, and is dependent on private donations and charitable gifts. Greenhead's Princess Royal Hospital originally provided Huddersfield with its maternity facilities until the risks of not being able to get an ambulance to A&E in the event of complications were judged to outweigh the benefits of specialist service provision. It now functions as a day clinic, family planning consultation centre and GUM Clinic.

A decision to move most of the maternity services provided by the Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust to the Calderdale Royal Hospital changed those facilities in 2007, despite strong opposition from some of the local population. The campaign was led by Save Huddersfield NHS which elected a councillor, Dr Jackie Grunsell in the Crosland Moor ward. St. Luke's Hospital is also scheduled to close within the next few years and the land sold for private housing.

Future developments

Huddersfield has seen many new development projects proposed and approved. Some of the schemes include:

  • St George's Quarter scheme, a £50 million scheme which includes a 153-bed luxury hotel, retail units, offices, flats and a landscaped public area
  • Queensgate Revival, a £200 million scheme centred on the Piazza, Public Library and Queensgate Market Hall
  • The Waterfront Quarter, a £175 million scheme to regenerate land at Chapel Hill
  • Huddersfield Media Centre expansion
  • The Leeds Road corridor, a new £100 million economic zone

List of Civic honours and freedoms

Thirty four people and one military infantry regiment have been granted the Freedom of Huddersfield, between 1889 and 1973.[32]

  • Wright Mellor JP DL – (25 September 1889)
  • Henry Frederick Beaumont JP DL – (28 August 1894)
  • Lt Col Sir Albert Kaye Rollit LLD DLC LittD JP DL – (28 August 1894)
  • James Nield Sykes JP – (12 March 1895)
  • Joseph Woodhead JP – (28 October 1898)
  • Sir Joseph Crosland Knt JP DL – (28 October 1898)
  • Major Charles Brook – (23 May 1901)
  • Major Harold Wilson – (23 May 1901)
  • Sir Thomas Brooke Bart JP DL – (25 July 1906)
  • Rev Robert Bruce MA DD – (25 July 1906)
  • William Brooke JP - (15 October 1913)
  • John Sykes JP – (15 October 1913)
  • William Henry Jessop JP – (18 September 1918)
  • Earnest Woodhead MA JP – (18 September 1918)
  • George Thomson JP – (18 September 1918)
  • Benjamin Broadbent CBE MA JP – (18 September 1918)
  • John Arthur Brooke MA JP – (18 September 1918)
  • James Edward Willans JP – (18 September 1918)
  • Admiral of the Fleet Earl Beatty GCB OM GCVO DSO – (24 July 1920)
  • The Rt Hon Herbert Henry Asquith Earl of Oxford and Asquith, and Viscount Asquith – (6 November 1925)
  • Sir William Pick Raynor Knt JP – (17 December 1926)
  • Wilfrid Dawson JP – (25 July 1934)
  • Rowland Mitchell JP – (25 July 1934)
  • James Albert Woolven JP Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur – (25 July 1934)
  • Sir Bernard Law Montgomery Field-Marshal GCB DSO – (26 October 1945)
  • Joseph Barlow JP – (23 June 1949)
  • Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) – (2 July 1952)
  • Sidney Kaye LLB – (19 November 1957)
  • Alderman Arthur Gardiner OBE JP – (11 October 1960)
  • Alderman Harry Andrew Bennie Gray CBE JP – (11 October 1960)
  • Sir Malcolm Sargent MusD(Dunelm) MusD(Oxon)(Hons) LLD(Liverpool) Hon RAM Hon FRCO FRCM FRSA – (13 October 1961)
  • The Rt Hon Harold Wilson OBE MP Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury – (1 March 1968)
  • Alderman Douglas Graham CBE – (5 March 1973)
  • Alderman Reginald Harmley MBE JP – (5 March 1973)
  • Alderman Clifford Stephenson – (5 March 1973)
DWR Freedom Scroll

On 2 July 1952, in recognition of historic ties and links with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding), the Huddersfield County Borough had conferred on the regiment the Freedom of the Town. This gave the regiment the right to march through the town with 'flags flying, bands playing and bayonets fixed'. Many of the town and district's male residents had served in the regiment during its long history. This right to march was technically lost when the County Borough itself was merged with Dewsbury to form Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council though, unofficially, continued as on 25 March 1979, Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council gave the Freedom of Kirklees to the 3rd battalion of the Yorkshire Volunteers. The 3rd Battalion was the Duke of Wellington's Territorial Army unit.

Conferring the Freedom of Huddersfield on the Yorkshire Regiment 25 October 2008

When the 'Dukes' were amalgamated with the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire and the Green Howards' to form the Yorkshire Regiment on 6 June 2006. The right to march was finally ended as the award did not give the right, for the freedom to march, to be passed on to any heirs or successors. The majority of the Yorkshire Regiment is now composed of soldiers from the north and eastern areas of Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Regiment requested the right to march to be transferred to them. However, the county Borough no longer exists and so there was no authority to do so. The 'Freedom' given by Kirklees to the 3rd battalion of the Yorkshire Volunteers did not permit any transfer to heirs or successors and effectively that freedom also ceased when the battalion was amalgamated into the East and West Riding Regiment. The East and West Riding Regiment ceased to exist on 6 June 2006, having been merged into the Yorkshire Regiment as its 4th Battalion. Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council, as succesors to the Huddersfield Borough Council, amended the original 'Freedom' and transferred the 'Freedom' to the Yorkshire Regiment, at a Freedom parade on 25 October 2008.

Notable people

A number of national and internationally famous people originate from Huddersfield. They cover a range of politicians, sports personalities, athletes, entertainers, business people, scientists and writers of various styles. Some people have also become known through their association with Huddersfield, though were not born there. These include the actor Patrick Stewart, who was born in Mirfield and the inventor Wilf Lunn, who was born in Brighouse.

The most widely notable of those born in Huddersfield include (in alphabetical order by surname):- Simon Armitage who is both a poet and an author. Lawrence Batley a British business entrepreneur. Andy Booth a footballer for the local football club:- Huddersfield Town. David Borrow a Member of Parliament for South Ribble. Sir David Brown OBE a businessman. Roy Castle OBE who was a dancer and entertainer and later a TV presenter. Lord James Hanson was another British and international businessman mainly known for his association with the transport industry. Sir Harold Percival Himsworth was a scientist. George Herbert Hirst was an English test cricketer. Nina Hossain is a Television broadcaster. Derek Ibbotson was an Olympic athlete in the track events. A tower block of social housing accommodation, close to the town's ring road, was named after him Gorden Kaye is mostly known for his comedy acting. Anita Lonsbrough was an Olympic swimmer and commentator. Like Derek Ibbotson a tower block of social housing accommodation was named after her. DJ Q who presents a show on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Zöe Lucker is an actress, known for playing Tanya Turner in the ITV1 Drama Footballers' Wives. Another Huddersfield born celebrity was the great actor of British and American films, James Mason. Wilfred Rhodes is another English test cricketer. Chris Balderstone played first class cricket and professional football, on one occasion both on the same day. John Whitaker MBE has a local stables and is an Olympic equestrian. Whilst probably the most famous of all is Harold Wilson KG OBE who was twice the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1970 and again from 1974 to 1976.

Other well known personalities can be located in the Category:People from Huddersfield.

See also


  1. ^ Kirklees Council Website Castle Hill
  2. ^ Huddersfield One - Tolson Museum Booklets
  3. ^ Sale, Kirkpatrick. Rebels Against the Future. pp.  120. ISBN 0-20162-678-0. 
  4. ^ "The Luddites". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Huddersfield MB/CB West Riding through time | Administrative history of Local Government District: hierarchies, boundaries". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  7. ^ "Department for Constitutional Affairs - Constitutional Policy - City Status". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  8. ^ BBC News - One dead in pie factory explosion
  9. ^ BBC News - Meeting over pie factory future
  10. ^ Shackleton, Andy (May 2007). "Ward Profiles, Almondbury" (PDF). Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  11. ^ Shackleton, Andy (May 2007). "Ward Profiles, Ashbrow" (PDF). Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  12. ^ Shackleton, Andy (May 2007). "Ward Profiles, Crosland Moor & Netherton" (PDF). Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  13. ^ Shackleton, Andy (May 2007). "Ward Profiles, Dalton" (PDF). Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  14. ^ Shackleton, Andy (May 2007). "Ward Profiles, Golcar" (PDF). Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  15. ^ Shackleton, Andy (May 2007). "Ward Profiles, Greenhead" (PDF). Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  16. ^ Shackleton, Andy (May 2007). "Ward Profiles, Lindley" (PDF). Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  17. ^ Shackleton, Andy (May 2007). "Ward Profiles, Newsome" (PDF). Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  18. ^ Shackleton, Andy (May 2007). "2001 Census Profile, Former Huddersfield County Borough" (PDF). Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Radcliffe, Enid (Ed.) (2002). The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: The West Riding. Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09662-3. 
  21. ^ "Risky Buildings". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  22. ^ Huddersfield One - Huddersfield History since 1940
  23. ^ Huddersfield Examiner report of bus take overs in May 2008
  24. ^ "Training Location". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  25. ^ Motorcycle News (11 September 2008)
  26. ^ "About Us". Huddersfield Choral Society. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  27. ^ "Marsden Jazz Festival Home Page". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  28. ^ "Welcome to The Mrs Sunderland Music Festival". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  29. ^
  30. ^ Huddersfield Carnival Website
  31. ^ Medicine and society in Wakefield and Huddersfield, 1780-1870 at Google Books
  32. ^ [1] Source information supplied by Sally Greenwood at the Mayors Office (
  33. ^ 'During the periods 1822–1832 the 33rd Regiment of Foot, recruited from West Yorkshire was stationed in Jamaica. At the end of the tour 142 men chose to remain in Jamaica, having married and raised families, some of which may have originated from Huddersfield, thereby originating the name. Over 560 officers and men died and were buried in Jamaica during this period, from endemic diseases. On 18 June 1853 the regiment formally became known as "The 33rd (or The Duke of Wellington's) Regiment". The regiment's second battalion was again posted to Jamaica (Newcastle Camp) from 18 March 1891 to 10 April 1893. Brereton, JM; Savory, ACS (1993). The History of the Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) 1702 – 1992. Halifax : The Duke of Wellington's Regiment. ISBN 0-95215-520-6. 

Further reading

E.A. Hilary Haigh ed. (1992) Huddersfield: A Most Handsome Town - Aspects of the History and Culture of a West Yorkshire Town. Kirklees MC, Huddersfield, pp. 704.

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Huddersfield from Castle Hill
Huddersfield from Castle Hill

Huddersfield is in West Yorkshire in England. This article covers both the town of Huddersfield itself, and also the district around it including the Colne and Holme valleys. Historically a textile town, the area is now in the process of re-inventing itself as a residential and tourist centre.

John Betjeman described Huddersfield Railway Station as having 'The finest façade of any such building in the country'. Make up your own mind when you visit as there is no better way to arrive than by train from Manchester or Leeds. Huddersfield has the third largest amount of listed buildings in the country after Westminster and Bristol.

In the 1920s Huddersfield Town F.C. became the first football club to win the English League Championship three times in a row, a feat only matched by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Huddersfield can be considered a university town as the University of Huddersfield, formerly Huddersfield Polytechnic is one of the town's largest employers and much of the local economy now depends upon it.

  • Leeds/Bradford International Airport, [1].  This is the nearest airport, by road. It can be reached by taking a train to Leeds and then a bus to the airport departing from the train station. The number of flights from Leeds Bradford airport continues to increase. Famous connections, past and present, include former Prime Minister Harold Wilson and actors James Mason and Gordon Kaye. Huddersfield history [2] is rich in Industrial Revolution stories whene Huddersfield built an enviable reputation * Manchester Airport, [3].  This airport is the easiest and quickest to access.  It is the UK's busiest airport, outside London, with many European and inter-continental flights. There is a rail station within the airport complex, with services running through Huddersfield to Newcastle, at least half hourly throughout the day (see by train below).* London Heathrow Airport, [4] or London Gatwick Airport, [5]. From there, frequent flights operate to Manchester, or you could travel from London to Huddersfield by train (see by train below).

By train

The principal Huddersfield station is in the town centre and is served by trains to and from Hull, York, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as a local services to Barnsley, Wakefield, Halifax and Sheffield. There are several smaller stations within the Huddersfield area, served only by local trains.

From London, you can travel from London Kings Cross and change at either Wakefield or Leeds, alternatively you can use London Euston, and change at Manchester Piccadilly.

Train times for these and other journeys can be found on the National Rail Planner or by calling 08457 484950 from anywhere in the UK.

  • National Express, [6]. Serves Huddersfield with express coach service from around the country. They serve the main Huddersfield bus station in the town centre.
  • Megabus Plus, [7]. Serves Huddersfield with London daily. Note that it is quicker to get off the bus at East Midlands Parkway, as it shows in the timetable.
  • M1. Huddersfield is served by the M1 motorway which runs from London to Leeds. It is between 3 and 4 hours drive from central London. The best junction to use is junction 38 and then follow the signs.
  • M62. Huddersfield is also served by the M62 motorway which runs east-west from Hull and Leeds to Manchester. The best junction to use is junction 24.

Get around

For the main shopping streets and everything inside the ring-road, it is best to explore on foot. Many of the shopping areas are pedestrianised anyway, and there is not much car parking space inside the ring-road.

Many bus routes run from the central bus station to the surrounding towns and villages. This is located on the north side of the town centre off Westgate. Most buses operate on repeating hourly timetables up until 11p.m. Taxi services are mainly available from outside the train station.

  • Castle Hill. From all around the area, Castle Hill can easily be picked out, crowned with the Victoria Tower, built to commemorate Queen Victoria's silver jubilee. It can be reached by car and taxi, just beyond the suburb of Almondbury, and gives wonderful views in all directions, including that at the top of this article. Victoria Jubilee Tower is open to the public at weekends during the summer.
  • Marsden Moor Estate, 847016, [8]. An area of 2400 hectares (5600 acres) of unenclosed common moorland, almost surrounding the village of Marsden, with valleys, reservoirs, peaks and crags, as well as archaeological remains dating from pre-Roman times to the great engineering structures of the canal and railway ages. Owned by the National Trust, there is a visitors' centre near to Marsden rail station. Accessible by train to Marsden station, or by buses 183, 184 & 185 from Huddersfield; car parking available at various locations through the estate. Estate open every day at all times; visitors centre open every day 9am-5pm. Free.
  • Marsden and Standedge Tunnel End. Beautiful moorland scenery and historic industrial archaeology. Includes the chance to take a boat ride into the UK's longest canal tunnel. This is possible as a trip by train to Marsden & Standedge or you can drive to Marsden. Open every day. Free.
  • Rugby League Heritage Centre. The national rugby league museum is located in the basement of the George Hotel where the Northern Rugby Football Union was founded in 1895.
  • Huddersfield Giants are a rugby league team who play in Super League, the highest level competition in Europe. They were one of the founding members of the break-away Northern Union who created the sport of rugby league. Nicknamed "Fartown", they were the dominant team in the early history of the game. These days, they play at the Galpharm Stadium.
  • Huddersfield RUFC, Lockwood Park, 01484 469801, [9]. Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club We was founded in 1909 and celebrated our centenary season with promotion to National League 3 North, the highest level ever achieved in our history,one of the oldest clubs in the world, founded mini-rugby in England in 1969. After playing many years at Waterloo, HRUFC bought Lockwood Park in 1997 where we have four rugby pitches plus an all-weather Astroturf pitch with parking for 300 cars. The main floodlit pitch has a capacity of 1500 with seating for 500. Additionally HRUFC has subsidiary clubs catering for mens and ladies hockey, road running, squash and a bowling club that has now become a major venue for Yorkshire county matches. Tucked away too within the huge clubhouse is the Borough Club for the town's serious snooker players and we also rent out property to Fitness First plus our local radio station 107.9 Pennine FM.  edit
  • Kite flying is practiced extensively here with local council backing. The local electrical company, Npower, has also moved power lines underground to prevent kites getting tangled up in cables. This has also encouraged the users of powered hang-gliders to also use the site as a take off point.
  • Huddstock Festival, po box 1542, Huddersfield, HD1 9LG (see website), [10]. HUDDSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL is held annually on the first Saturday in June, with 2009 being the 3rd event it is shaping up to be a fantastic place to go for all the family with over 70 live acts consisting of Bands, Dj's, Acoustic and solo singers, fairground rides, stalls bouncy castles food and bars. For full information visit  edit
  • University of Huddersfield, [11]. A former polytechnic which applied for and achieved university status in the early 1990's. Its main Queensgate campus is situated just outside the ring road. Follow the signs from main arrival points. A new students' union building opened in 2005 in the centre of the campus.
  • Kingsgate Shopping Centre [12] - the usual assortment of shops contained in a light and breezy atmosphere. Open 7 days a week.
  • Huddersfield Open Market - offers a range of high quality goods from the continent - mainly France - and tours the area stopping in different towns each weekend.


The Huddersfield area has many restaurants of different types and costs. The following small selection are restaurants which have been visited and recommended by Wikitravellers:

  • Fenay Bridge, Penistone Road. This place can be excellent but sometimes awful. They have a 2 for 1 deal on all year which is a big serving. But sometimes the food can take a while and isn't up to scratch, but other times its top notch. Give this place a try you might like it. It is located on Penistone Road going towards Kirkburton you can't miss is!
  • Balooshai, 3 Viaduct St, tel. 559055. Balooshai is one of a number of excellent Indian restaurants in Huddersfield. There are an increasing number of restaurants on this small street.
  • Gringo's, Possibly one of the best restaurants in W. Yorkshire. They serve a wide array of great tasting, affordable Mexicans food. Their drinks, however, can be rather expensive though. Tip: Go for the 'early-bird' special food offers for the best deal - order before 7pm. 8 Railway Arches Viaduct St, tel. 422411, [13].
  • Laxmi, Woodhead Road, Berry Brow, tel. 666555, [14]. Excellent Indian restaurant. Tu-Sa 5.30PM-11PM & Su 5.15PM-10PM. Two course meal £~15 (per-person including drinks).
  • Lodge Hotel, Birkby Lodge Road, tel. 431001, [15]. Built in 1847, this distinguished old house had many roles in its life, was a high quality family run hotel and restaurant, with an AA 2-star rosette and an innovative menu. £~40 (per-person including wine and tips). BUT Currently (Feb 2006) is closed!
  • Mustard and Punch, 6 Westgate, Honley, tel. 662066, fax. 660742, [16]. A small friendly restaurant; Mustard and Punch is expensive when compared to other restaurants in Huddersfield. £~35 (per-person including wine and tips).
  • Nosh, Northgate, Almondbury, tel. 430004, [17].
  • Thai Charleda, 5 St. Johns Street, Huddersfield, tel. 450159, [18]. Good Thai food with a large menu.
  • Tunnel End Inn, Waters Road, Marsden, tel. 844636, [19]. With a very welcoming team of owners, this pub provides a good selection of food and, for the beer connoisseurs, sells the famous Black Sheep beers. Close to the tunnel end complex and the Marsden Moor Estate, this pub is well situated for a visit before or after a trip into the canal tunnel (see 'See' above) or when walking the moors. Open M 8PM-11PM; Tu-W 5PM-11PM; Th-F noon-3PM & 5PM-11PM; Sa noon-11PM; Su noon-10:30PM.
  • The Weavers Shed Restaurant With Rooms, Converted C18th Woollen mill - a Modern British restaurant specialising in home-grown, locally-sourced produce (the restaurant has its own farm) Voted 'Best Restaurant With Rooms' Good Food Guide 2006, Restaurant Of The Year and Chef Of The Year 2007, Yorkshire Life. Address: Knowl Road, Golcar. Tel. +44 (0)1484 654284, [20].

Azeem Takeaway, 325 New Mill Road, Brockholes, Tel : 01484 66 74 71. Open 6 days a week M-Sa 5.30PM-11.30PM.

  • Gurkha Thali, 1 Cherry Tree Centre, Half Moon Street, 01484 517457, [21]. Every day 12-2.30 and 6-11. Nepalese style food. Welcoming and friendly, with an excellent menu near the bus & train station in Huddersfield.  edit


There are plenty of pubs in Huddersfield, many of which get packed with people on Friday and Saturday nights. A rather large scale problem with Huddersfield is the high amount of 'skinheads' who often roam Huddersfield in large groups on nights out. Caution is advised.

  • Coffeevolution, Church Street - the best coffee in town can be found in this unpretentious, fiercely independent coffee shop which is licensed and open late at weekends. Light but pricey meals available.
  • The Courthouse, Zetland Street - Two-storey pub with a court theme. Young crowd. Near the university.
  • Head of Steam, St Georges Square, tel. 454533 - Popular real ale pub in the train station. Good blues on a Monday night. Great Jazz on a Wednesday night.
  • Revolution, Cross Church Street - Vodka bar from very popular chain which attracts a large, diverse crowd most nights. Outdoor area & DJ's at weekends.
  • The Vox Bar, Church Street, tel. 452229 - Good music and good drink, young crowd. Resident DJ Friday and Saturday nights. Situated down a back alley near the train station.
  • Verve, Church Street - a slightly older crowd than Vox, with pre-club cheesey dance pumped out over the weekend. By day, it's a cafe selling reasonable paninis, coffee and smoothies.
  • Warehouse - Large pub. Charges entry on Fri/Sat. Part of the scream chain. Young crowd.
  • Zephyr, King Street - Small, trendy. Good range of foreign beers.
  • The Sair Inn, Take a 183, 184 or 185 bus about 4 miles out of the town centre, alighting at the bottom of Hoyle-Ing in Linthwaite on Manchester Road, after the "Royal Oak" pub. There's a sign advertising "The Sair Inn". After a five minute climb up the hill you'll find this gem of a hostelry, selling its own beers brewed on the premises that can be enjoyed in a uniquely authentic, old pub atmosphere. Popular among locals, students and real ale tourists, you may become a regular.
  • Bar 1:22 - 120 New Street (opposite Lidl on the ring road). Live music venue with a range of genres seven nights a week. The original and best live venue in town, beware of cheap imitations. Featured The Feeling, The Pigeon Detectives and Enter Shikari before they all went on to be Top Ten Album selling bands. The home of live music in Huddersfield
  • Have a drink in The Founders Bar of the George Hotel where the finer points of the game of Rugby League were hammered out. The bar is considered the birthplace of the game.
  • The Bridge at Longroyd Bridge. A few hundred yards out of the centre of Huddersfield. A great live music venue. Live bands Fri night and Sun afternoon. A great D.J on Thursday and Saturday nights.
  • The Riverhead Brewery Tap 2 Peel Street, Marsden. 01484 841270 [22]
  • The Rat and Ratchet at the junction from Lockwood onto the ring road has a large selection of cask ales on tap and the staff are usually quite knowledgeable. Nice atmosphere.
  • The Parish, by the Parish church - Huddersfields finest alternative/metal bar and live music venue. Excellent food and drink and a great atmosphere. Well worth a visit.
  • Tokyo, Queen Street - 'The club to finish off the night' Tokyo opened in June 2005 after a 2 million pound re-investment of a truly fabulous 19th Century, Grade Two listed former Courthouse. This is THE place to go if in Huddersfield as it has the best soundsystem, best drinks selection and the most up for it crowd. Don't leave it too late in the night however as it's popularity dictates that it is normally full by midnight. Beware of the power-tripping bouncers, they sometimes are armed with knifes.
  • The Live Lounge, 75 Lidget Street Lindy, Huddersfield. Old brownstone type of building with a nice lounge downstairs and dining room is upstairs. This is fine dining at it's best with great service and world known for the lamb. There is soft music and also a great place for small parties.  edit
  • Lodge Hotel, Birkby Lodge Road, tel. +44 (0)1484 431001, [23]. Built in 1847, this distinguished old house has had many roles in its life, but now it is high quality family run hotel and restaurant, with an AA 2-star rosette. £60 (single room); £70 (double room).
  • The George Hotel, Main Square, Telephone: +44 (0)1484 515444 Fax: +44 (0)1484 435056, [24]. Entering the square from the train station, you cannot fail to miss this hotel. The Founders bar (q.v.) is part of the complex.
  • Huddersfield Hotel, Kirkgate, tel. +44 (0)1484 421 552, [25]. The Huddersfield Hotel complex was built up slowly from an early start in the 1960's by two brothers, Johnny and Joe Marsden and up until the end of 2003 was still owned and run by the Marsden family. It is now owned and run by London and Edinburgh Inns and comprises of a Bistro, Pub, Cafe and Hotel. Rooms and service varies but locals are generally very fond of the family who still run the lodge and car park across the road.
  • Central Lodge Hotel, Southgate, tel +44 (0)1484 515 551, [26]. The Central Lodge Hotel is run by the Marsden family who previously ran the Huddersfield Hotel complex across the road before selling most of it to London and Edinburgh Inns in 2003. They retained the lodge and car park and although the atmosphere is lacking in warmth, the rooms are new and relatively modern and the service traditional. Most people in Huddersfield know the Marsdens or Johnny's nightclub, or both.
  • The Weavers Shed Restaurant With Rooms, Converted C18th Woollen mill - a Modern British restaurant specialising in home-grown, locally-sourced produce (the restaurant has its own farm) Voted 'Best Restaurant With Rooms' Good Food Guide 2006, Restaurant Of The Year and Chef Of The Year 2007, Yorkshire Life. 5 Deluxe en-suite bedrooms in former mill-owners' residence. Address: Knowl Road, Golcar. Tel. +44 (0)1484 654284, [27].
  • Cedar Court Hotel, [28].
  • Castle House Farm Cottages, Castle Hill, tel +44 (0)1484 663 808, [29]. Idyllic holiday cottages in beautiful and tranquil countryside on the edge of Summer Wine Country. Offering stunning views of the Pennine hills and valleys. Ideally located between Huddersfield and Holmfirth in the rural south Pennine area of Yorkshire under Victoria Tower at Castle Hill, Huddersfield's most prominent landmark and ancient hill fort.
  • Huddersfield's area code (for landline numbers) is 01484 when dialed from within the UK or +441484 from outside the UK.


If you are travelling with a laptop then you will find broad-band internet access in the rooms of most, but not all, medium to high end hotels. If this is important to you check before booking. Alternatively there are many WiFi hot spots in and around Huddersfield.

There are also several places that offer web and other internet access if you are travelling without a laptop.

  • Vox bar. Offers internet access to wireless laptop owners at no additional charge.
  • Coffeevolution. Open wifi hot-spot for customers at no charge.
  • EasyInternet Cafe. Situated above KFC on New Street. However, the general cleanliness of the terminals leaves much to be desired.
  • BT phone booth. Situated in the main square has broadband access however this is expensive and best reserved for only basic internet use such as checking emails.
  • The Pulse of West Yorkshire 102.5FM and Pulse Classic Gold 1530AM the local radio stations for the area, including Huddersfield (and the wider Kirklees district, plus neighbouring Calderdale and Bradford); 'Pennine', 107.9. A small scale local radio station for Huddersfield. The university sometimes broadcasts a student radio station during term time from its media centre. Regional radio stations include Real Radio and BBC Leeds.

Stay safe

Huddersfield town centre is generally considered safe as it professes "24 hour total CCTV coverage inside the ring road". In the last 6 months a student - Tobiasz Minski from Poland - was murdered in Huddersfield. Walking by yourself, especially if you are female, through Fartown or Bradley during late at night can be quite dangerous so if you do wander out stay in groups or get a taxi home.

  • Huddersfield has good connections to the Yorkshire Dales and Peak District.
  • York and Harrogate both offer rewarding day excursions.
  • For shopaholics Meadowhall near Sheffield, the White Rose Centre near Leeds (bus number 202 and 203 from Huddersfield) and the Trafford Centre near Manchester are all easily accessible.
This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

HUDDERSFIELD, a municipal, county and parliamentary borough in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, 190 m. N.N.W. from London. Pop. (1901) 95,047. It is served by the Lancashire & Yorkshire and London & North Western 1 Skeat, Etym. Dict. (1898), says, "The word bears so remarkable resemblance to Low Ger. hukkebak, Ger. huckeback, pick-a-back, that it seems reasonable to suppose that it at first meant ' peddler's ware.'" The New English Dictionary does not consider that the connexion can at present be assumed.

railways, and has connexion with all the important railway systems of the West Riding, and with the extensive canal system of Lancashire and Yorkshire. It is well situated on a slope above the river Colne, a tributary of the Calder. It is built principally of stone, and contains several handsome streets with numerous great warehouses and business premises, many of which are of high architectural merit. Of the numerous churches and chapels all are modern, and some of considerable beauty. The parish church of St Peter, however, though rebuilt in 1837, occupies a site which is believed to have carried a church since the 11th century. The town hall (1880) and the corporation offices (1877) are handsome classic buildings; the Ramsden Estate buildings are a very fine block of the mixed Italian order. The market hall (1880) surmounted by a clock-tower is in geometrical Decorated style. The cloth-hall dates from 1784, when it was erected as a clothiers' emporium. It is no longer used for any such purpose, but serves as an exchange news-room. The Armoury, erected as a riding-school, was the headquarters of a volunteer corps, and is also used for concerts and public meetings. The chief educational establishments are the Huddersfield College (1838), a higher-grade school, the technical school and several grammar-schools, of which Longwood school was founded in 1731. The Literary and Scientific Society possesses a museum. Of the numerous charitable institutions, the Infirmary, erected in 1831, is housed in a building of the Doric order. The chief open spaces are Greenhead and Beaumont parks, the last named presented to the town by Mr H. F. Beaumont in 1880. There is a sulphurous spa in the district of Lockwood.

Huddersfield is the principal seat of the fancy woollen trade in England, and fancy goods in silk and cotton are also produced in great variety. Plain cloth and worsteds are also manufactured. There are silk and cotton spinning-mills, iron foundries and engineering works. Coal is abundant in the vicinity. The parliamentary borough returns one member. The county borough was created in 1888. The municipal borough is under a mayor, 15 aldermen and 45 councillors. Area, 11,859 acres.

Huddersfield (Oderesfelte) only rose to importance after the introduction of the woollen trade in the 17th century. After the Conquest William I. granted the manor to Ilbert de Laci, of whom the Saxon tenant Godwin was holding as underlord at the time of the Domesday Survey. In Saxon times it had been worth loos., but after being laid waste by the Normans was still of no value in 1086. From the Lacys the manor passed to Thomas Plantagenet, duke of Lancaster, through his marriage with Alice de Lacy, and so came to the crown on the accession of Henry IV. In 1599 Queen Elizabeth sold it to William Ramsden, whose descendants still own it. Charles II. in 1670 granted to John Ramsden a market in Huddersfield every Wednesday with the toll and other profits belonging. By the beginning of the 18th century Huddersfield had become a "considerable town," chiefly owing to the manufacture of woollen kersies, and towards the end of the same century the trade was increased by two events - the opening of navigation on the Calder in 1780, and in 1784 that of the cloth-hall or piece-hall, built and given to the town by Sir John Ramsden, baronet. Since 1832 the burgesses have returned members to parliament. The town possesses no charter before 1868, when it was created a municipal borough.

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  1. A town in West Yorkshire, England

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Huddersfield is a town in West Yorkshire, England. It is famous for its textile industry, Choral Society and as the birthplace of Rugby League.

In the 20th Century it reared Labour Party prime minister, Harold Wilson. It is also known for its football team, who became the first team to win the football league first division title three years in a row.

In Huddersfield there are 22 districts, Almondbury,Aspley,Molgreen,Bradley,Clayton West,Scisset,Crosland Moor,Deighton,Brackenhall,Dalton,Rawthorpe,Denby Dale,Edgeerton,Farnley Tyas,Fartown,Holme,Holmbridge,Holmfirth,Honley,Hepworth,Jackson Bridge and Lowerhouses

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