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Huddersfield, Kirklees

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Huddersfield, Kirklees

Huddersfield is a large market town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, England, halfway between Leeds and Manchester. It lies 190 miles north of London, and 10.3 miles south of Bradford, the nearest city. Huddersfield is near the confluence of the River Colne and the River Holme.
Administrative CountyKirklees
Traditional CountyYorkshire, West Riding
OS GridSE1416
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Police AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Ambulance AuthorityYorkshire
Dialling code01484
Population146,234 (2001 Census)

Other names by which Huddersfield, Kirklees has been known in the past

Huthersfield ~ Oderesfelt ~ Odresfeld

Huddersfield, Kirklees in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Huddersfield, parl. and mun. bor., par., and township, S. div. West-Riding Yorkshire, 16½ miles SW. of Leeds, 26 NE. of Manchester, and 189 NW. of London - par., 16,230 ac., pop. 66,134; township, 4055 ac. pop. 42,234; parl. bor., 10,998 ac., pop. 87,157; mun. bor., 10,496 ac., pop. 81,841; 5 Banks, 6 newspapers. Market-day, Tuesday. In so far as its rise to eminence in mfrs. is concerned, Huddersfield is wholly a modern town. It is the chief centre of the branch of mfr. known as the fancy woollen trade, and its prosperity may be dated from the beginning of the present century. Every description of plain and fancy woollen goods is here manufactured: broadcloths, doeskins, beavers, trouserings, &c. Worsted, silk, and cotton are also worked in an endless variety of dress stuffs. Iron-founding is carried on, as well as mfrs. of steam-engines, boilers, and machinery; the latter being in a large measure composed of implements required in textile mfrs. Collieries and quarries are in the neighbourhood. The town is situated on the slope of a hill in the valley of the Colne, and the river is navigable for barges. Huddersfield was enfranchised by the Reform Act of 1832, and returns 1 member to Parliament.

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