http://knittinghistory.co.uk/apple-touch-icon.png When it comes to truly great British towns, Huddersfield is a bit of a hidden gem. This historic market town sits in amongst the picturesque countryside of ‘God’s Own Country’ – the county of Yorkshire. With the beautiful Peak District National Park close by and a vibrant cultural scene, this large but quaint town offers residents the best of both worlds.
With a long history as a wool milling town, Huddersfield has developed into a growing, industrious area with a strong economy worth £5.75 billion. This is projected to increase by a further 37 per cent in the next 10 years. It is a big manufacturing town, although the biggest local employer is the University of Huddersfield.
This 4 star institution won the prestigious title of University of the Year in 2013. Home to nearly 20,000 students, the university boasts Sir Patrick Stewart as a recent chancellor! With a range of subjects available and a growing focus on research, the University of Huddersfield offers a lot to students. But it’s just one of 4 excellent higher education institutions in the town. The other most notable is Kirklees College, which recently underwent a massive regeneration at £74 million Waterfront Campus.
Culture plays a big part in the town. Residents and visitors can enjoy a range of entertainment at Lawrence Batley Theatre, peruse the captivating Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the grounds of Bretton Hall or soak up the atmosphere at one of the many live music events. The annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Huddersfield Literature Festival, The Festival of Light and the Huddersfield Caribbean Carnival are also big draws.
Huddersfield was the birthplace of some notable British figures. From former Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Actors James Mason and Jodie Whittaker, to footballer Frazier Campbell, who has played for Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and is currently with Premier League club and 2016 FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace. The town also brought us the Yorkshire Terrier, with ‘Huddersfield Ben’, the original canine ancestor of this much loved breed, being bred there in the 1860s.
Another important aspect of life in the town is sport. Not only does Huddersfield boast a wide range of sports teams, including Premier League side Huddersfield Town FC, they can claim the title of ‘the birthplace of Rugby League’, with the Huddersfield Giants currently playing in the town. They also saw the second stage of the 2014 Tour De France pass through the town.
Sitting right between Manchester and Leeds, Huddersfield is just a short train-ride away from both, making it extremely accessible and very well-connected. The stunning Huddersfield train station, in the recently regenerated St. Georges Square, also offers services to Liverpool, Sheffield and a variety of towns and cities across the North of England. It is also served by the M1 and M62 motorways.
With so much going on, it’s hardly surprising that Huddersfield is so loved by its residents and is proving an attractive prospect for young people from all around the country. If you want to learn more about investing in Huddersfield then why not read Why Invest in Huddersfield.