Huddersfield Chronicle (26/Dec/1885) - Christmas in Huddersfield

The following is a transcription of a historic newspaper article and may contain occasional errors. If the article was published prior to 1 June 1957, then the text is likely in the Public Domain.


Some degree of disappointment was undoubtedly felt by the majority of young people in this neighbourhood that after all the Christmas of 1885 cannot be described as an old fashioned one. It was the more tantalising owing to the fact that Indications had been recently given of the probability of this event occurring, and those in the enjoyment of vigorous health rejoiced in the thought of spending a considerable proportion of their holidays outside. The weather with which we have been favoured has, however, on the whole, not been such as to give us much cause for complaint, and though the great traffic In the streets of the town on Thursday caused It to be somewhat uncomfortable underfoot, the different things to be seen were worth a little discomfort, and amply repaid those who ventured from their bright firesides to take a view of the sights which the streets of all towns can show on Christmas Eve to any spectator. The streets of Huddersfield were then at their best, for if the heavy stocks had somewhat decreased in several of the shops owing to the constant stream of purchasers from both town and country it was scarcely apparent to the eye for gaps were quickly filled and very little impression seemed to be made upon the shop windows. The shop of Mr. John Henry Wood formed a great attraction till long in the night, and, as anticipated, his show of stock was in every respect equal to, if not surpassing, any of his previous efforts. Turkeys and geese seemed to be in great demand, and of these and many other things there were large quantities at the shops of Mr. G.H. Sissons, Mr. R. Wood, and Mr. A. Wood. Indeed, the poulterers seemed to be doing a roaring trade, and judging from the purchases made at these shops there would be many good Christmas dinners in Huddersfield. Mr. C.C.L. Bernin's show at his shop in Cross Church Street attracted a constant succession of purchasers, and Mr. George Battye, of Market Walk, also made a most excellent display. As becomes a musical town, the night was enlivened by bands of singers, and the advent of the Christmas morning was hailed with many rejoicings. In the majority of instances Christmas would be kept up in the family circle, and considering how well the holidays fall for those who have to travel a distance in order to reach their homes, in all probability greater advantage would be taken of uniting the family than in some previous years. The day being fine, many people visited the parks, and others found various ways of enjoying their Christmas Day.