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 marks 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.


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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.

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Meltham in Focus

The Meltham in Focus Collection was digitised by Huddersfield Exposed in 2020 and is available to view on the Meltham Town Council website.

The collection comprises 16 folders of local history notes, articles, photographs and postcards, and was originally deposited in Meltham Library by Meltham Photography Club.

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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.

Aims of the Site

  1. The Huddersfield area is rich with history and the intention is for this site to explore some of the more obscure or unusual stories.
  2. To make available original content under a licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
  3. 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.