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’…

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…

Exploring the Lepton Railway Line

by Claire Hudson Railways created during the Victorian period symbolised a huge innovation, not only transforming the nation but also local villages such as Lepton in West Yorkshire, containing their own stations and lines. These railway networks were to the Victorians what the roads are to us now, part of ‘the very fabric of life’,…

Meltham Branch Railway Line

by Ciaran Lourdes-Binsley The Meltham branch railway line was a line that linked the town of Meltham and the villages of South Crosland and Netherton to the rail network to Huddersfield. Construction began in 1864 and it wasn’t until 1869 when it was first opened for use as form of public transportation as well as…