Huddersfield: A Most Handsome Town (1992) edited by E.A. Hilary Haigh

Huddersfield: A Most Handsome Town was edited by E.A. Hilary Haigh and first published in 1992 by Kirklees Cultural Services.



World famous for its cloth, its chemical and engineering industries and its Choral Society, Huddersfield has a history to be proud of. Its architecture, praised by Betjeman, reflects the development of the town from a "miserable village" (Phillips) to "the handsomest by far of all the factory towns in Yorkshire and Lancashire" (Engels).

Between 1599 and 1920 the manor of Huddersfield was owned by one family, the Ramsdens. Their influence during this time was crucial to the town's development whether in religion, politics, education, health care, housing, or transport.

This highly illustrated volume covers various aspects of the town from the seventh century to the twentieth century and includes the results of recent academic research by twenty-six specialist historians. "Huddersfield: A Most Handsome Town" throws new light on the history of Huddersfield and its people.


  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: "A Castle Well Guarded": the Archaeology and History of Castle Hill, Almondbury — John H. Rumsby
  • Chapter 2: Settlement in Huddersfield before 1800 — George Redmonds
  • Chapter 3: The Ramsdens of Longley, 1530-1690 — D. Whomsley & E.A. Hilary Haigh
  • Chapter 4: Markets, Fairs and Tolls in Huddersfield — Edward J. Law
  • Chapter 5: The Church in Huddersfield, 600-1743 — John Addy
  • Chapter 6: Religion in Huddersfield since the mid-Eighteenth Century — Edward Royle
  • Chapter 7: "Attentive Soldiers and Good Citizens": Militia, Volunteers and Military Service in the Huddersfield District, 1757-1957 — John H. Rumsby
  • Chapter 8: The Origins of the Co-operative Movement in Huddersfield: the Life and Times of the ist Huddersfield Co-operative Trading Association — Robin Thornes
  • Chapter 9: "A Metropolis of Discontent": Popular Protest in Huddersfield c.1780-c.1850 — John A. Hargreaves
  • Chapter 10: Labour Disputes and Trade Unions in the Industrial Revolution — Alan J. Brooke
  • Chapter 11: Textiles and other Industries, 1851-1914 — David T. Jenkins
  • Chapter 12: The Huddersfield Woollen Industry and its Architecture — Colum Giles
  • Chapter 13: Architectural Design in Nineteenth Century Huddersfield — David J. Wyles
  • Chapter 14: The Development of Huddersfield's Town Centre from 1870 onwards — Ian A. Thompson
  • Chapter 15: The Construction of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, 1794-1811 — R.B. Schofield
  • Chapter 16: Passenger Transport in Huddersfield — Roy Brook
  • Chapter 17: The Social Geography of Victorian Huddersfield — Richard Dennis
  • Chapter 18: Landowners and Housebuilders in the Nineteenth Century — Jane Springett
  • Chapter 19: Parliamentary Politics in Huddersfield, c.1832-53 — Vivienne Hemingway
  • Chapter 20: Late Victorian and Edwardian Politics in Huddersfield — Robert B. Perks
  • Chapter 21: Politics and Education in Huddersfield in the late Nineteenth Century — Brian Moriarty
  • Chapter 22: From Mechanics' Institution to Polytechnic: Further and Higher Education, 1841-1970 — John O'Connell
  • Chapter 23: Health Care in Nineteenth Century Huddersfield — Hilary Marland
  • Chapter 24: Changing the Pattern: Everyday Life, 1800-1900 — Jennifer Stead
  • Chapter 25: Music in Huddersfield, c.1820-1914 — Dave Russell
  • Chapter 26: The Making of a Municipal Museum. — Stuart Davies