Aviva Directory » Local & Global » Europe » United Kingdom » Countries » England » Cities & Towns » Huddersfield

Located in the metropolitan county of Westshire in the north of England, the town of Huddersfield sits in the foothills of the Pennines, at the confluence of the Rivers Holmes and Colne.

The town was prominent in the Industrial Revolution, as the plentiful rivers provided the weaving sheds with soft water which is needed textile treatment. The successful mill town expanded during the 18th century, and the construction of the Marsden and Calder canals, and gradually, the chemical and heavy engineering industries became an even bigger deal than textile in Huddersfield.

Huddersfield University is located in town, as are Huddersfield New College, Greenhead College, and Kirklees College.

On 29 August 1895, representatives of 21 rugby clubs from Yorkshire and Lancashire gathered in the George Hotel in Huddersfield. They were not happy. Earlier in the year, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) banned clubs from playing rugby at any venue where entry fees were charged. A vote was taken at the meeting to secede from the RFU, and the vote was unanimous. They also voted to establish the competition, a league named the Northern Rugby Union (RFU), later renamed the Rugby Football League.

Among the famous people who call Huddersfield home is Sir Patrick Stewart, best known as Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Prior to that famous role, he was regularly seen on BBC television, a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in Broadway plays.



Recommended Resources

Search for Huddersfield on Google or Bing