Organised and self-guided walks are good ways of finding out more about local history.
As part of the Luddite bicentenary commemorations in 2012, the Society published a three-mile walk, ‘William Horsfall’s last journey’.
Jointly published by the Society and Huddersfield Civic Society is Huddersfield Heritage: a town centre trail. Funded by Kirklees Council, this offers a 17-stop history and architecture trail around the town centre and is available from libraries, the railway station and other outlets, or you can download the on-line version here. A short version, focusing on historic buildings, is included in the Discover Huddersfield programme, which offers four other town centre trails.
Huddersfield Civic Society has published The Buildings of Huddersfield: Five Architectural Walks by David Wyles, describing all the significant buildings in and around the town centre in greater detail.
Two walks to significant sites of the women’s suffrage movement, by Jill Liddington, are available here with the permission of herstoria magazine, where they first appeared in autumn 2009. One is in Huddersfield town centre and one in the Colne Valley.
The Edgar Wood Heritage Group (Yorkshire) has produced a guide and map to the noted architect’s buildings in Lindley and Birkby. Details of a Lindley trail covering some of the same ground are available in Lindley Library.
There is also a map of Greenhead Park, prepared by the Friends of the Park, showing where the Park’s ten history information boards can be found.
Kirklees Countryside Volunteers run a programme of public walks throughout the year. While the main aim is to encourage people to walk and enjoy the countryside, walk leaders often point out features of historical interest. The programme is detailed in Signpost, published twice a year and available free in libraries and other public buildings, or e-mail signpost[underscore]kirklees[at]yahoo.co.uk for more information.
We would be happy to publicise further information on local history and heritage walks; please contact us with details.
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