Huddersfield is a university town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, south of Bradford, on the River Colne, the Huddersfield Broad Canal, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Calder and Hebble Navigation. It is in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees.
There is a wine in New Zealand called Castle Hill with a picture of Castle Hill on the front which is in Huddersfield.
During his Easter vacation in 1856, Sir William Perkin discovered here in a laboratory at his home, at the age of 18, by chance the first aniline dye, mauveine.
In 1952, in recognition of historic ties and links with The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) Huddersfield conferred on the regiment the Freedom of the Town, this gives the regiment the right to march through the town with 'Flags Flying, Bands playing and Bayonets fixed'. Many of the town and district's male residents have served in the regiment in it's 300+ year history.
Schools and Colleges
Huddersfield is the home to two sixth form colleges (Huddersfield New College and Greenhead College), Huddersfield Technical College and the University of Huddersfield.
On 29th August 1895, the George Hotel in the centre of Huddersfield was the meeting place for 22 rugby clubs from across the North of England who voted to secede from the Rugby Football Union and set up their own Northern Rugby Football Union, which became the Rugby Football League in 1922. Huddersfield is still a focus for rugby league, being represented by Huddersfield Giants in the Superleague, and Huddersfield Underbank Rangers in National League 3, as well as many amateur teams. Huddersfield Giants play in claret and gold hooped shirts and white shorts.
Huddersfield Town A.F.C. are the town's senior Association Football team, and were founded in 1908. In the 1920s they became the first club to win the English League Championship three times in a row, a feat only matched by Arsenal F.C., Liverpool FC and Manchester United. They left their ground on Leeds Road in 1994 and currently share the Galpharm Stadium with the Giants rugby league team and play in blue and white vertical stripes. Their most famous ex-players are Denis Law of Manchester United and Scotland and Ray Wilson, a World Cup winner with England in 1966. They have been managed by Bill Shankly and Herbert Chapman.
Huddersfield is home to the Lawrence Batley Theatre, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra and the Huddersfield Singers.
Notable people from Huddersfield
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