Discovering Old Huddersfield: Part One (1993) by Gordon and Enid Minter

Discovering Old Huddersfield was written by Gordon and Enid Minter, and published in five parts by Barden Press from 1993 to 2002.

The series takes the form of several driving tours, with occasional interspersed walks, covering the centre of Huddersfield and several of the surrounding districts

The Huddersfield Local History Society republished all five parts in 2010 in digital form and the entire book can be downloaded as a 621-page PDF from their web site:

Discovering Old Huddersfield: Part One

cover of part one

The first book in the series contains two tours:

  1. The Old London Road
  2. Mansions and Mills
In the year 1675 a surveyor, John Ogilby, published a series of maps showing the country's principal routes, one of which led from London to Oakham in Rutland and continued northwards to Richmond in Yorkshire. Nearly three hundred years later W.B. Crump in his "Huddersfield Highways Down the Ages" discussed a section of Ogilby's London road as it runs through our district between Kirkburton and Elland. It is this route that we follow in the second part of tour No. 1. The first part of the tour takes us from Huddersfield to Cowcliffe and through Grimescar Wood on the turnpike road opened in 1777 to replace the more difficult route over Cowcliffe Hill. Because we thought that Kirkburton Church would be a suitable place to end the journey, we chose to travel in the opposite direction to that take by Ogilby and his surveyors who travelled from south to north. Of course, we do not concentrate exclusively on the old highways as the route passes many other interesting features such as churches, houses, factories, woods, parks and streams all of which, whether they pre or post date the road, are discussed.

Our second tour starts and finishes in St. George's Square and passes through the ancient townships of Dalton, Kirkheaton, Lepton, Farnley and Almondbury. In parts it follows roads made in the Turnpike Era and later whilst in others it follows the old lanes of a much earlier time. The tour passes four old halls and the site of another, all of them, in their time, the homes of the local gentry. A most important part of manorial life was the corn mill and three of these with their attendant water courses are passed and discussed. At Kirkheaton and again at Almondbury the tour climbs to the high ground and it is worth taking a little time to study the panoramic views for at both places it might truly be said that all Huddersfield is at one's feet!

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