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…

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…