Welcome to Huddersfield Exposed!
Welcome to Huddersfield Exposed, a collection of articles and pages about the history of Huddersfield and the surrounding area.
The pages reflect the research interests of those who contribute to the site and are not meant to be an exhaustive history of the Huddersfield area... at least, not yet!
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The Holmfirth Flood of 1852
February 2022 was the 170th anniversary of the collapse of the Bilberry Reservoir embankment that led to the Holmfirth Flood of 1852 and the deaths of upwards of 80 people.
As part of the Holmfirth Flood Project, you can find biographical details of the known victims, transcriptions of contemporary newspaper articles, as well as books about the flood.
If you'd like to get involved with the preparations for the 175th anniversary in 2027, please consider joining the message board.
We've launched an online shop where you can download high-resolution scans of historic items, such as maps, photographs and books, at reasonable prices. All income will be used to secure more content that can be added to the site.
- Huddersfield Civic and Commercial Directory (1958) is now available read online or purchase as a PDF
- to celebrate the centenary of the Tolson Memorial Museum, we're digitising the museum's "Handbook" series
- several more books added to the site, including Holmfirth Flood: Two Poems (1853), From Village to Town (1882) and Gomersal: Past and Present (1930)
- County Borough of Huddersfield: Jubilee Handbook (1897) is available read online or purchase as a PDF
- Discovering Old Lepton and Kirkheaton (1993) by George & Enid Minter is available to read online or download
- Jones's Mercantile Directory of Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury (1863) is available to search or purchase as a PDF
- to celebrate Woven in Kirklees 2021 and the bicentenary of its author we've scanned The Woollen Thread (1883) by Charles Vickerman
- Manor of Golcar: Copy of the Award Made in the Year 1823 (1919) by Pilkington & Jones can now be read online
- Jefferys' Map of Yorkshire (1771) is available to view online, including the sheet covering the Huddersfield area.
- A copy of the extremely rare Some Account of the Founders of the Huddersfield Subscription Library (1875) by G. W. Tomlinson is available to read online or download.
- The Holmfirth Flood Project has begun!
- A copy of Taylor Dyson's Place Names and Surnames: Their Origin and Meaning (1944) is available to read.
1881 Census: Surname Distribution
Search for a surname and find out how it was distributed throughout Yorkshire and the rest of England & Wales in the 1881 Census.
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- Explore the growing map of buildings and locations, or search for a specific location
- If you can't find what you're looking for here, there are lots of other web sites with useful information
Huddersfield & District Roll of Honour
Based on pioneering research by J. Margaret Stansfield into the lives of those who died in the First World War, the Huddersfield & District Roll of Honour is now available.
The entries are cross-referenced with local war memorials and by individual regiments. You can also search for individuals by location.
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If you have conducted your own research and would like to help expand the entries, please get in touch.
Aims of the Site
- The Huddersfield area is rich with history and the intention is for this site to explore some of the more obscure or unusual stories.
- To make available original content under a licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
- To make available out-of-copyright research materials, such as newspaper articles, books and Local Acts, and place those versions in the Public Domain.
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The site is administered by Dave Pattern.