New book: Power in the Land

Press Release

How Huddersfield bought itself!

Huddersfield made history a hundred years ago this month when its Corporation agreed to buy the Ramsden estate, which included the whole of the town centre and over half of the land within the Borough boundary, for £1.3 million.

The Ramsden family’s association with Huddersfield began in 1542 when William Ramsden bought his wife’s home at Longley and ended in 1920. To commemorate the centenary of the purchase of the Ramsdens’ Huddersfield estate by the Corporation, Huddersfield Local History Society has brought together a series of original essays on the family’s role in shaping the town, resulting in an extensively illustrated new book, Power in the Land, published by the University of Huddersfield Press.

Edited by Edward Royle, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of York and a long-standing member of the Society, the seven essays by local historians not only explore the relationship between the Ramsden family with the town and its people, but also throw new light on the somewhat mysterious circumstances surrounding the purchase of the estate in 1920.

Huddersfield Local History Society is also pleased to announce that, while it is not possible to provide its 2020-2021 season of monthly talks in the usual way, it will instead be presenting a series of recorded virtual talks on the Society website (www.huddersfieldhistory.org.uk). It seems only appropriate that Professor Royle kicked off the series of monthly lectures with his talk, ‘The town that bought itself’? New light on 1920. This is available for viewing from Monday 28 September, the eve of the centenary of the purchase of the Ramsden estate by Huddersfield Corporation. Please keep an eye on the Society’s website for information about future talks.

And while this new publication is a joint venture between Huddersfield Local History Society and the University of Huddersfield, other organisations in the town also plan to commemorate the centenary in different ways, details of which will be made available on a dedicated website (https://thetownthat.uk).

Edward Royle (ed.) Power in the Land: The Ramsdens and their Huddersfield estate 1542-1920 is published by the University of Huddersfield Press on 26 September 2020. ISBN: 9781862181762. For those who would like to purchase the book and are not able to get to the Pop-Up Shop, it can be purchased through https://www.gazellebookservices.co.uk for the RRP price of £30.

Huddersfield Local History Society is a membership organisation for anybody and everybody interested in the history of the town. Find out more at http://www.huddersfieldhistory.org.uk


The press release is available as a PDF document.

Public Lives: The Woodheads – A Notable Family of Huddersfield

We are pleased to announce that a newly revised edition of Pamela Cooksey’s Public Lives: The Woodheads – A Notable Family of Huddersfield is now available to purchase for £1.00 as a downloadable 74-page PDF e-book.

The work was originally published by the Society in 1999 as a paperback booklet.

Contents

  • Introduction — page v
  • The Woodhead Families of Pog Ing and Ridings — page 1
  • The Newspaper Proprietor: Joseph Woodhead — page 11
  • The Medical Pioneer: German Sims Woodhead — page 27
  • The Editor: Ernest Woodhead — page 33
  • The Medical Officer of Health: Herbert Miall Woodhead — page 40
  • The Businessman: Arthur Longden Woodhead — page 42
  • The Sportsman: Frank Ellis Woodhead — page 49
  • Additional material on the family of Joseph Woodhead — page 51
  • Additional material on the family of Catherine Woodhead — page 53
  • Sources — page 58
  • The Family Tree — page 61

Issue 31 of the Society’s Journal

journal cover Issue 31 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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Names, Places & People (2019)

Our latest publication, Names, Places & People: a selection of articles from Old West Riding, is now available to order for £6.95 (+p&p).

This 160 page paperback book, which is edited by Cyril Pearce, will be launched on 23rd November 2019 at our Annual Study Day.

Old West Riding published 23 editions from 1981 to 1995. It was a joint venture by three local historians – Jennifer Stead, George Redmonds and Cyril Pearce. This collection of over a dozen articles is dedicated to George Redmonds, who died in August 2018.

ISBN: 9780992984120

Contents

  • Introduction
    • Selections from Old West RidingCyril Pearce
  • Language and Local Topography
    • Huddersfield and Yorkshire Dialect — Stanley Ellis
    • Surnames and Settlement — George Redmonds
    • Turf Pits — George Redmonds
  • Local Customs
    • Ringing Adam Bells 1 — Jennifer Stead
    • Ringing Adam Bells 2 — Jennifer Stead
  • The Textile Industry
    • Foundlers at Marsden — Philip Charlesworth
    • The Uses of Urine 1 — Jennifer Stead with Arthur Saul
    • The Uses of Urine 2 — Jennifer Stead
  • Two Historic Houses
    • The Bradley Family and their Newhouse — Edward J. Law
    • Woodsome Hall, Some Estate Correspondence — Edward J. Law
  • Going to America
    • West Riding Emigrants 1843 — George Redmonds
    • Emigration of the Scott Family and Friends 1842 — Jennifer Stead
    • John Broadbent (1795-1856) and the Vegetarian Colony, Kansas — Helen Broadbent
  • Early Modern Morality
    • Archbishop Neile’s Primary Visitation of the Huddersfield District, 1633 — John Addy

Issue 30 of the Society’s Journal

Issue 30 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 this issue of our journal for £1.00 (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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Issue 29 of the Society’s Journal

Issue 29 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 this issue of the journal for £1.00 (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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World War I Centenary – And Our Latest Book

The Society’s latest book is ‘Yours for Eternity’ – A Romance of the Great War, by John Rumsby. This marks the centenary of the First World War and examines it 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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Other World War I commemorative activities locally are outlined on our World War I page.