Huddersfield is a market town in West Yorkshire. It is the administrative centre of the Kirklees district. As the largest settlement in the district, Huddersfield is home to over 162,000 people.
The earliest written record of Huddersfield’s existence is in the Doomsday Book where the name was spelled as Hudresfeld. Its geographical history goes as far back as 4,000 years as evidenced by an Iron Age hill fort on Castle Hill. Its market town origins are dated to be during the Anglo-Saxon period.
Wool manufacture was the driving economic force of Huddersfield in the Industrial Revolution, turning the place into a major mill town. Textile factories dominated the urban areas, but they were also subject to attacks from Luddites, a radical group that formed in response to mechanised weaving sheds pushing traditional weavers out of work. There are textile mills that still stand to this day, which have been redeveloped for residential and commercial purposes.
While employment in the local textile job market has dramatically been reduced since the 19th century, Huddersfield maintains a strong textile manufacturing industry with its large-scale wool production. Engineering and chemical companies also contribute to the town’s economy. Education, retail, and the arts are other pillars of Huddersfield, boasting respected universities such as the University of Huddersfield, diverse shopping spaces, and well-attended festivals.