Hall Bower School

Hall Bower Sunday School, Huddersfield

By Ophélie Arnould Hall Bower Sunday School was built in 1814 thanks to public subscription. It is believed that there was a group of farmers, who were coming back from the market in Huddersfield and lived near Castle Hill, who saw young people wandering in the street. The youths were believed to be ‘wild rough’…

Manchester’s Victorian Prisons

by Laura Saunders Introduction Manchester, a city renowned for its industrialisation throughout the Victorian era, has seen much change throughout the years. However, Manchester still houses one of the most formidable buildings of nineteenth century Britain, Strangeways prison, nowadays referred to as HM Prison Manchester. The building itself was opened in 1868 and still functions…

The Master's house

Hexham Workhouse and Victorian Workhouses

by Dominic Morley This piece of work will seek to analyse Victorian workhouses and will focus in particular on the Hexham Workhouse, a Victorian building that is still standing strong today. This composition will first analyse the rich history of the Victorian workhouses in general then proceed to analyse the history of the Hexham workhouse…

Victorian Meltham

by Lauren Quarmby Meltham, a small town six miles from Huddersfield, has dramatically changed since the Victorian era, however there are still prominent features that remain today such as the moors, Meltham Pleasure Ground and the churches. This biography will discuss what Meltham was like during the Victorian period and the remains of the Victorian…

Saltaire: the Workers’ Community

by Santa Nekrasova There are numerous historical objects and landscapes which surround us in our everyday lives. Even the place in which we live, whether it is urban or rural, has some stories to tell from the past. Saltaire is located next to Shipley, within the city of Bradford and it has preserved a remarkably…

St George’s Square, Huddersfield

by Robert Hewitson St George’s Square is one of the more elegant areas of Huddersfield. However, it was not always appeared like this – an 1826 map shows that the site was occupied by a bowling green prior to the construction of the square.[1] It was constructed during the expansion of the town centre in…

Bournemouth – A Victorian Town

by Albert Preston Before the early nineteenth century, the area of barren heathland between the towns of Christchurch and Poole was nothing more than an occasional base of operations for fisherman and smugglers on the South Coast. Over the course of the century this sparsely populated area developed into one of the country’s leading coastal…