Huddersfield  West Riding


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Huddersfield like this:

Huddersfield, parl. and mun. bor., par., and township, S. div. West-Riding Yorkshire, 16½ miles SW. of Leeds, 26 NE. of Manchester, and 189 NW. of London - par., 16,230 ac., pop. 66,134; township, 4055 ac. pop. 42,234; parl. bor., 10,998 ac., pop. 87,157; mun. bor., 10,496 ac., pop. 81,841; 5 Banks, 6 newspapers. ...

Market-day, Tuesday. In so far as its rise to eminence in mfrs. is concerned, Huddersfield is wholly a modern town. It is the chief centre of the branch of mfr. known as the fancy woollen trade, and its prosperity may be dated from the beginning of the present century. Every description of plain and fancy woollen goods is here manufactured: broadcloths, doeskins, beavers, trouserings, &c. Worsted, silk, and cotton are also worked in an endless variety of dress stuffs. Iron-founding is carried on, as well as mfrs. of steam-engines, boilers, and machinery; the latter being in a large measure composed of implements required in textile mfrs. Collieries and quarries are in the neighbourhood. The town is situated on the slope of a hill in the valley of the Colne, and the river is navigable for barges. Huddersfield was enfranchised by the Reform Act of 1832, and returns 1 member to Parliament.

Huddersfield through time

Huddersfield is now part of Kirklees district. Click here for graphs and data of how Kirklees has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Huddersfield itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Huddersfield, in Kirklees and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 16th April 2024

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