Industrial Villages South of Huddersfield

The following article by David Griffiths (prepared for a Victorian Society outing to the industrial villages of Armitage Bridge, Meltham Mills and Wilshaw in May 2014) can also be downloaded as a PDF. Introduction Today’s visit is to three villages, Armitage Bridge, Wilshaw and Meltham Mills, which developed from late Georgian…

Some Notes on the Huddersfield Shipping Company and its Associates

The following article by E.A. Hilary Haigh appeared in the Huddersfield Local History Society Newsletter No. 1 (1983). For a shipping company to be found in Huddersfield today seems unlikely. In 1824, when the “Rules and Regulations of the Huddersfield Shipping Company” (1) were published, Huddersfield stood beside a transpennine…

The Search for a New Cemetery Site

The following article by David Griffiths, which was published in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner on 1 February 2012, can also be downloaded as a PDF. THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CEMETERY SITE – 160 YEARS AGO! Last week’s news that it was ‘back to the drawing board’ in the search…

A Very Brief History of C19 Local Government Institutions

The following article by David Griffiths can also be downloaded as a PDF. The traditional framework At the start of the C19, there was nothing resembling what we would now recognise as the key institution of local governance – the elected, multi-purpose local authority. Instead local affairs were in the…