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The Villas of Edgerton: home to Huddersfield’s Victorian elite
by David Griffiths
Original photography by Andrew Caveney
Published 25th June 2017
Privilege, power and privacy were of the essence in Huddersfield’s elite suburb. This richly illustrated history of the district’s development and its grand houses documents their Victorian and Edwardian residents’ leading roles in trade and industry, politics, education, churches, sport and more. It includes a house-by-house tour of Edgerton’s architectural heritage, still remarkably well-preserved in a mature wooded landscape.
164 pages, 21cmx21cm, pbk
ISBN 978-0-9956328-1-3
£12.95 + £2.50p&p for UK addresses (please ask for oversea prices)

The three reviews we have seen are 'a gem of a book', 'an impressively well-researched, lavishly illustrated and stylishly designed study'
Yorkshire Post 8 July 2017

and '..a compelling guide to the pretensions, ambitions and social mores of Huddersfield’s Victorian elite. With loving attention to detail, it takes the reader through the area’s select avenues'...' Observer 6 August 2017

It is available;
  • from the Civic Society; see publications by post below
  • stocked by
    Boultons, 54 John William Street HD1 1ER
    Children's Bookshop, 37-39 Lidget Street, Lindley HD3 3JF
    Local Studies Library, Huddersfield Library & Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk HD1 2SU
    Newstrack, Huddersfield Station, St George's Square HD1 1JB
    R Nicholls, 347b Wakefield Road, Denby Dale HD8 8RT
    Salts Mill Bookshop, Salts Mill, Victoria Road, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA
    Visitor Information Point, Huddersfield Library & Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk HD1 2SU
    Waterstones,12/13 Kingsgate Centre, King Street HD1 2QB
    Westbourne News, 81 Westbourne Road HD1 4LG
    WHSmith, 1-3 The Shambles HD1 2QJ
    Others may be added.

The Buildings of Huddersfield: Five Architectural Walks
by David Wyles
2nd edition 2016
A5 pbk
ISBN: 978-0-9956328-0-6
£4.95 +p&p

The Old Yards of Huddersfield
by L. Browning and L.K. Senior
2nd Edition revised by Betty & Michael Hill 2004
32 pages, A5 pbk
£4.50 +p&p

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Joint HCS/ Huddersfield Local History Society Publication:

Huddersfield Heritage Trail

Discover Huddersfield:

Discover Huddersfield is a partnership comprising a number of local interest groups and organisations, including Huddersfield Civic Society, Huddersfield Local History Society, the Huddersfield Partnership, Friends of Huddersfield Station, TransPennine Express, University of Huddersfield, the Piazza Centre with the support of Kirklees Council (Huddersfield Library). It organises a programme of walks and events as well as a series of free trail leaflets, each one based on a theme connected with the town’s historic, cultural and social heritage. The themes of current trail leaflets, which can be downloaded by going to: are as follows:

  • Historic Buildings
  • Public Art
  • Radical Heritage
  • Real Ale
  • World War 1
  • Transport
  • Music
  • The Ramsden Family
  • European Exile Communities
  • Shuddersfield
  • Cosmopolitan Huddersfield
  • Caribbean Heritage