Huddersfield is a large, industrial market town situated in the heart of Yorkshire, halfway between Leeds and Manchester. Its origins go way back and it is mentioned in the Doomsday Book as 'Odresfeld'. It is maybe best known for being the centre of civil unrest during the Industrial Revolution.
It is famous for its architecture - the railway station in the heart of the town is a Grade I listed building and was built between 1846 - 1850. It was subsequently renovated in 2009 at a cost of £4 million.
And its history - the Victoria Tower, built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 on Castle Hill, is situated on the site of an iron age hill fort and is renowned for its panoramic views over Huddersfield and the surrounding area.
It is a famous sporting town too. In 1895, the sport of Rugby League was founded in the George Hotel. Our local rugby league team are the Huddersfield Giants and they, along with Huddersfield Town Football Club (founded in 1908), play their home games at the John Smiths Stadium just off St Andrews Road. There are also two outstanding 18-hole golf courses in the town - Bradley Park and Outlane, both which show off the surrounding moorland and local countryside at its best, whilst golfers traverse their greens and fairways.
At the last census in 2011, Huddersfield was home to around 165,000 inhabitants. It is the birthplace of many a famous face including the former Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, born in March 1916. Also born here were James Mason and Gordon Kaye, both of them famous actors albeit for completely different genres and Lawrence Batley, for whom the local theatre is named after.
Our University stands proud to the South East of the town. It has been known as the University since 1992, when it merged wholly with the Polytechnic creating the University as we know it today. HRH The Duke of York is the current Chancellor replacing the previous Chancellor, Sir Patrick Stewart (better known for his acting skills) in 2015. At present the university has students from over 100 countries choosing to study within its walls. It is currently undergoing expansion to include The Oastler Building for Law and the School of Music, Humanities and Media, both of which are due for completion in 2017 at a cost of £27.5 million.
Huddersfield is also the home to an Art Gallery, which houses paintings and sculptures by well-known artists such as Francis Bacon, L S Lowry and Henry Moore. It also shows work from many of our local, home-grown talented artists.
We are also known for our Literature Festival which takes place in March of each year, along with the Food And Drink Festival which is held in August.
The very funny sit-com 'Last of the Summer Wine', about a group of people in the autumn of their years, was filmed in and around the pretty village of Holmfirth since 1973 and finally ended its run of over 30 years in 2010 after thirty-one series. Although in decline towards its later years, it was still attracting large audiences for the BBC right up until its final showing.
Finally, a biopic on Huddersfield would not be complete without a mention of the Standedge Tunnel at Marsden. It is the longest (5,000m), deepest (194m) and highest (196m above sea level) canal tunnel in Britain which was built in 1811, and was fully restored in 2001. It now boast a visitors centre, an exhibition showing the history of the tunnel along with boats trips through the tunnel.
Look a little closer and discover the real Huddersfield ..... a gem in Yorkshire's crown.