Joseph Brook of Greenhead: "Father of the Town" was written by David Griffiths and published in 2013 by the Huddersfield Local History Society.
Joseph Brook JP (1787-1858) was one of the men who shaped Huddersfield in the first half of the 19th century. A wool merchant by trade, he was a leading figure in new institutions of the time, such as the Huddersfield Banking Co, the Waterworks and the Improvement Commissioners. Centrally involved in bringing the railway to Huddersfield, he took a big part in creating Edgerton Cemetery, where his memorial stands proud today.
Search within this book:
- The Brooks of Meltham
- 1810s: Setting Out
- 1820s: Pioneer of the Public Realm
- 1830s: Calm Amid the Storm
- Taking the Helm, 1849-51
- Zenith and Crisis, 1851/2
- Civic Projects and Provocations, 1852-54
- Final Act, 1855-58
- Taking Stock of a Life
- Appendix 1 - Joseph Brook's Family
- Appendix 2 - Timeline