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A Shout From The Attic: About Huddersfield

Ronnie Bray tells of his home town.

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The earliest settlement in the vicinity of Huddersfield’s was at the local landmark, Castle Hill, that bears evidence of an Iron-Age fortification, and of a Norman Castle. However, Modern Huddersfield grew and developed during the seventeen and eighteen hundreds. The town was granted County Borough status in 1868. The town’s rapid development was largely thanks to Lords of the Manor, the Ramsden Family.

Huddersfield’s reputation and prosperity was built around the textile industry and its fine woollen worsteds are still sent to customers all over the world. The boom created by the textile industry provided a rich legacy of fine Victorian buildings such as the railway station and its town Hall.

In 1920 the Huddersfield Corporation bought the Ramsden Estate including almost all of the town centre. Because of this, Huddersfield is known as ‘the town that bought itself’.

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Although the sense of direction I enjoyed in my childhood relative to the compass proper was under-developed, in fact it was criminally derelict, I could usually find my way out of any strange place into which I had insouciantly wandered, as those habitually preoccupied with their phantasmagorical inner worlds are wont to do. I did not knowingly go into places that that lay outside familiar terrain because my world had well defined boundaries and I knew I had reached one of these when the alarm siren in the pit of my stomach churned to signal that I had entered into territory that was almost certainly detrimental to my welfare.

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