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About Huddersfield

Surrounded by hills and set at the confluence of two rivers in West Yorkshire is found the large market town of Huddersfield. The town played a key role in the industrial revolution and the success of the textile industry in particular. The town’s fine woollen worsteds are still produced and exported around the world. Huddersfield remains an important manufacturing town and is now also home to large chemical and engineering companies.

Huddersfield undoubtedly remains a vibrant town located in the wonderful scenery of the Peak District National Park and the South Pennines. The prosperity of the town is displayed by the general quality of its Victorian architecture and the vast number of those buildings considered worthy of listing. The town has a number of particularly fine examples. The railway station is Grade I Listed and has been described as a “Stately home for trains” and with its’ impressive portico with eight Corinthian columns and ornamentation to the main body of the building at the top of the pilasters it is easy to see why.

The town is overlooked by Castle Hill and the Victoria or Jubilee tower. Castle Hill has previously been the site of an important Iron Age fort and a Norman castle. The Sandstone tower now in place was opened in 1899 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. This was threatened with demolition during the Second World War as it was seen that it could be used as a landmark by enemy planes, fortunately this was never implemented and the tower has been saved. The Castle Hill pub nearby has not been so fortunate and has been demolished as a result of more up to date contentions.

Other notable buildings include the Town Hall and the buildings forming St George's Square where decorative brickwork and Italianate design was used on some buildings to conceal their industrial use.

The Town Hall was built in two stages and it displays Classic Italianate features such as rounded heads to the windows, rustication at the base of the building and a symmetrical design. A more recent addition to the town’s architectural heritage (having been awarded RIBA building of the year 1995) is the Galpharm formerly Mc Alpine Stadium which is home to Huddersfield Giants RLFC and Huddersfield Town FC which was awarded RIBA building of the year in 1995.