Joseph Brook of Greenhead: "Father of the Town" (2013) by David Griffiths

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.


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  • Introduction
  • 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