Local historian and civic society member David Griffiths is researching and writing a booklet on Edgerton, Huddersfield's Victorian suburb, The booklet will be published by Huddersfield Civic Society this autumn.
The booklet will concentrate on the period to 1914 and cover the area on both sides of Edgerton/Halifax Road from Blacker Road up to Thornhill Road – including the Queen’s Road, Murray Road, Bryan Road and the Binham Road areas as well as properties along the main road and just off it.
Particularly important, in his view, is that few of the area’s ‘big houses’ have been demolished over the years – though many have been divided into flats or turned over to business use.
David said: “I was given a flying start by a splendid piece of research undertaken by John Brook in the 1970s. He looked into the families who lived in Edgerton’s villas down to about 1900 and documented them with great care. But his work is only available as a typescript in the Local Studies Library. It deserves to be better known and I’m aiming to extend its coverage to a somewhat wider area and to add information about the houses themselves, their architects, and the development process. I’m also planning to put Edgerton’s story into the context of the town’s Victorian social history.”
Although his research is well-advanced there are still gaps to fill and this is where David hopes local residents and businesses will be able to help. He’d be delighted to hear from you if you have any information to offer – and will be happy to share his own knowledge in return.
David can be contacted on 01484 540309, or via email@example.com