Visit Huddersfield and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, means music and worsted. The town sponsors several concert series in the Town Hall, featuring visiting artists as well as local choirs and soloists. The Huddersfield Choral Society's performance of Handel's Messiah is an institution rooted in the tradition of choral singing in the Pennine valleys and Nonconformist churches.
As for cloth, Huddersfield has been the centre of textile production for centuries and its special reputation was built on fine wool worsted. At first the cloth was woven in homes, and houses with many mullioned windows are still to be seen in the villages at the edge of the Pennine moors which have gradually been absorbed into the town. The first market was Almondbury, in the 13th century, the oldest and still the prettiest of these villages. Until the Huddersfield market was established in 1672, cloth was traded there in the parish churchyard with gravestones for tables. The mills grew up along the river and introduction of machinery brought violent Luddite protest in the early 19th century.
The town is extremely hilly and it covers a spectacular site in the Colne valley on the edge of the Pennines. It climbs 1,000 ft from the east to the west sides of town. Since 1920, it has owned all of its centre and it is carrying out what is regarded by experts as an enlightened plan for redevelopment and rebuilding. Older buildings are chiefly 19th-century, including the Italianate Town Hall and Gothic Revival Market Hall of the 1870s. The parish church, St Peter's, was rebuilt in 1834—6 by J. S. Pntchett of York on the Norman foundations.
Ravensknowle Park and Hall, 1½ miles from the centre, were given to the town by Leigh Tolson in memory of two nephews lost in the First World War. The Hall, an 1860 residence, is now the Tolson Memorial Museum.
Huddersfield's railway station, completed in 1848, has an impressive portico with Corinthian columns and long colonnaded wings.
At Almondbury, All Hallows Church is chiefly Perpendicular, with an Early English chancel and battlements and pinnacles added in the 19th century. The ceilings are particularly handsome and the 15th-century font cover one of the county's best. Wormall's Hall nearby is dated 1631 and consists of a stone ground floor with black-and-white timbered overhanging upper story. Weavers' cottages with the long upper windows for lighting the work are in Lumb Lane.
On Castle Hill are the remains of an important Iron Age camp, later partly obscured by a stone keep. The hill-top is crowned by the 1897 landmark of Victoria Tower with a heady view.
Prime Minister Harold Wilson was born here.
Nearby cities: Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield
Nearby towns: Brighouse, Halifax, Holmfirth, Mirfield
Nearby villages: Almondbury, Birkby, Brockholes, Dalton, Dalton, Deighton, Elland, Exley, Farnley Tyas, Fenay Bridge, Golcar, Greetland, Heckmondwike, Honley, Horbury, Kirkburton, Kirkheaton, Lindley, Linthwaite, Liversedge, Meltham, Moorside Edge, Robert Town, Shelley, Shepley, Slaithwaite, South Crosland, Southowram, Stainland
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- a Huddersfield bed and breakfast (a Huddersfield B&B or Huddersfield b and b)
- a Huddersfield guesthouse
- a Huddersfield hotel (or motel)
- a Huddersfield self-catering establishment, or
- other Huddersfield accommodation