Meet Sir John William Ramsden!

As part of this year’s Heritage Open Days, there’s an opportunity to:

Delve into the past and meet Sir John William Ramsden as he plans the layout of this historic town. Watch out for the Temperance marches and discover how it all began. This and much more in an animated walk into Huddersfield’s history.

Huddersfield’s Proper Job Theatre Co. will be preforming “The Town That Bought Itself” on Saturday 18 September in St. George’s Square. Free performances run from 1pm to 2pm and 3pm to 4pm, and must be booked online in advance:

August 2021 Newsletter

Our newsletter for August is now available to read online or download in PDF format.

The contents include:

  • details of upcoming events
  • Heritage Open Days 2021
  • The “Memories of Our Square” project
  • The Yorkshire Historical Dictionary
  • Lost Images of a 19th Century Marsden Diarist (Stephen Challenger)

As well as the newsletter, we’d like to draw your attention to the following PDF files:

Any corrections, comments or feedback are welcome and will be added to this page.

Ramsden Heritage Walk

Join local historian David Griffiths on Thursday 15th July 2021, 1 pm for a free online tour exploring the story of the Ramsden family’s impact on Huddersfield from when they purchased the Manor from Queen Elizabeth I in 1599 until they sold out to Huddersfield Corporation in 1920.

Watch live or catch up later on Kirklees Libraries YouTube, Facebook & Twitter.

Issue 32 of the Society’s Journal

journal cover Issue 32 of Huddersfield Local History Society’s Journal is now available.

Current members of the Society receive a free complimentary copy of the journal. However, if we can’t tempt you to join today, you can order a copy of the journal for £4.00 (excluding postage). There is also a downloadable PDF version which has the exact same formatting as the print edition but incurs no extra postage costs.
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Journal No. 32

Huddersfield Local History Society Journal No. 32 (2021/2022)


  • The Peaker Sisters (Beverley Norris)
  • Lindley’s ‘Coal Master’ – Edward John Wood Waterhouse (Christine Verguson)
  • Marsden 1851 – A Year in the Life of the Corn Miller’s Daughter (Steve Challenger)
  • “Riders on the Silent Steed”: Cycling’s popularity in early 1890s Huddersfield (Richard Hobson)
  • Setting up home in 1933 (Mavis Curtis)
  • Two Letters from the West Norfolk Militia in Huddersfield, 1812 (John H. Rumsby)
  • The End of the Empire – Stile Common to Karachi, and back again (Don Gardiner)
  • Tom Johnson of the Huddersfield Fire Brigade (Chris Smith)
  • The Booth Factory Fire 1941 (Richard Heath)

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