Publications

The Society publishes an annual Journal and periodic books and booklets.  Our books in print appear on this page, most recent first.  Payment can be securely on-line by PayPal, using the appropriate button below, or by cheque payable to Huddersfield Local History Society and sent to to HLHS, 24 Sunnybank Rd, Huddersfield HD3 3DE; terms and conditions are here.

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YFE_-FRONT-COVER-LOW-RES ‘Yours for Eternity’ – A Romance of the Great War, by John Rumsby, was published in October 2014 to mark the centenary of the First World War, which it examines through the experiences of a local young couple.  The book is based on an extraordinary collection of 150 letters found in a tin box in the attic of a house in the town – written by Henry Coulter, in 1914 a clerk with Huddersfield Corporation Tramways, and by his sweetheart Lucy Townend, who worked in a shoe-shop.  Henry and Lucy’s letters express the activities and aspirations of two young  people separated by war. Poignantly, they include the very last one Lucy wrote to him on 22 October 1916. Henry never saw it: he had died of his wounds three days earlier.  Extensively illustrated, the 168-page book is available at £5.00.

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brook front cover imageJoseph Brook of Greenhead: ‘Father of the Town’, by David Griffiths, was published in October 2013.  Joseph Brook JP (1787-1858) was one of the men who shaped Huddersfield in the first half of the 19th century.  A wool merchant by trade, he was a leading figure in new institutions of the time, such as the Huddersfield Banking Co, the Waterworks  and the Improvement Commissioners.  Centrally involved in bringing the railway to Huddersfield, he took a big part in creating Edgerton Cemetery, where his memorial stands proud today.   The 96-page biography retails at £6.00.

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Published in 2012 to mark the Luddite bi-centenary was a fully revised edition of Liberty or Death: Radicals, Republicans and Luddites, 1793-1823, by Alan Brooke and Lesley Kipling, a 160-page book retailing at £8.00 (reviewed here).  It has been praised by The Local Historian as “well produced and well written, and a worthy successor to E P Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class”. The Society also published a Luddite trail leaflet, William Horsfall’s Last Journey.

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Huddersfield in the 1820s
by Edward J. Law
ISBN 9780950913452

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Pioneers or Partisans? – Governing Huddersfield, 1820-48
by David Griffiths
ISBN 978095091344

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Queen Street Chapel and Mission Huddersfield
by Edward Royle
ISBN 9780950913421

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Joseph Kaye, Builder of Huddersfield, c.1779-1858
by Edward J. Law
ISBN 0950913413

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John Benson Pritchett: First Medical Officer of Health for Huddersfield
by J.B. Eagles
ISBN 0950913505

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