WELCOME TO HUDDERSFIELD
Huddersfield is a true Yorkshire town, full of surprising qualities, strong traditions, impressive architecture, quality shopping, top class sport, exciting festivals and artistic reputation. All this is set on the edge of the wonderful scenery of the Peak District National Park and South Pennines. Whatever your reason for visiting Huddersfield, be it work or leisure, we hope you enjoy your stay and spend time discovering some of the local places of interest or special events taking place throughout the year.
HUDDERSFIELD – A BRIEF HISTORY
The town’s earliest roots can be traced to Castle Hill where there is evidence of an Iron-Age fort and a Norman Castle. However, Huddersfield as it is today took shape during the 18th and 19th centuries, leading to the confirmation of County Borough status in 1868. the town’s rapid development was largely thanks to Lords of the Manor, the Ramsden Family.
Huddersfield’s reputation and prosperity was built around the textile industry and its fine woollen worsteds are still sent to customers all over the world. The boom created by the textile industry provided a rich legacy of fine Victorian buildings such as the railway station and its town Hall.
In 1920 Huddersfield Corporation purchased the Ramsden Estate including almost all of its town centre. As a result of this, Huddersfield has affectionately been styled as ‘the town that bought itself’.
The creativity that helped the town to prosper is still to the fore today – the town is becoming known for its award-winning festivals and a growing artistic reputation, earning it the European designation of a ‘Creative Town’.
Huddersfield Railway Station