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Issue #30 (2019/20) of the Huddersfield Local History Society’s Journal is now available to purchase, either as a paperback or as a PDF to download, for just £4 for 96 pages. The full list of contents can be found here.
Paperback (excluding postage)
Making Up for Lost Time: The Pioneering Years of Huddersfield Corporation, edited by David Griffiths. Launched on 7th July 2018 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Huddersfield as a borough. Paperback, 128 pages. ISBN 9780992984113.
Huddersfield became a Municipal Borough in 1868, two decades after many of its neighbours, but rapidly became a champion of civic enterprise. This new book explains the delay, describes the town as it was on the eve of incorporation, and explores the priorities, the politics and the personalities of the new Corporation’s first half century.
The Charter Our Right! Huddersfield Chartism Re-Considered, edited by John A. Hargreaves. The book is an edited collection of essays by Alan Brooke, Matthew Roberts, Malcolm Chase and John Halstead which explore Chartism and popular radicalism in Huddersfield. This illustrated 126-page paperback book retails at £9.95. ISBN 9780992984106.
‘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.
Joseph 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.
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.
Huddersfield in the 1820s
by Edward J. Law
Pioneers or Partisans? – Governing Huddersfield, 1820-48
by David Griffiths
Queen Street Chapel and Mission Huddersfield
by Edward Royle
Joseph Kaye, Builder of Huddersfield, c.1779-1858
by Edward J. Law
John Benson Pritchett: First Medical Officer of Health for Huddersfield
by J.B. Eagles