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Huddersfield Travel Guide, United Kingdom


Huddersfield, UK - Overview: Modern town with commercial stranglehold

Huddersfield located on the river known as Colne, belongs to the county of West Yorkshire. The town happens to be a flourishing centre of industry and commerce in United Kingdom. It has been noticed that the town has come up with several facilities both on the leisure front as well as on the retail.

Although the town has undergone a lot of development over the years, numerous buildings of historical importance are still there in this hilly town. The Huddersfield Canal that is seen to run through Huddersfield was used in the old days for bringing in coal into the town that was utilized to power the textile mills. In those days, textile mills were rampant in Huddersfield.

Huddersfield is believed to have been derived from ‘Hudræd’s feld’, which means open land owned by a person called Hudræd. However, the name of the town is seen to be mentioned as Oderesfelt in the Domesday Book that had been released in the year 1086.

In the past, Huddersfield was largely dependent on the manufacturing industry and textile industry for its economy. However, things have changed now. Presently, its economy is seen to be dependent on the service industry. The service industry presently employs about sixty percent of the people, who work in Huddersfield. Some of the well known companies that are known to operate in the town presently include Syngenta Agro Chemicals, Cummins Turbo Technologies, James Crowther and C & J Antich.

Huddersfield is also known for its tourist attractions to see, which many visitors flock into the town each year. The best known tourist attractions include Automobilia Transport Museum, Huddersfield Library & Art Gallery, Kirklees Light Railway, Marsden Moor Estate, the Colne Valley Museum, the Lawrence Batley Theatre, the Old Court Brewhouse and Tolson Memorial Museum.

To provide the large number of people visiting the town for seeing the various tourist attractions, it is noticed that there are plenty of hotels and accommodation provided in the town. Huddersfield had been a market town right from the times of the Saxons. However with the Industrial Revolution, the town forayed into woolen textiles. Sir John Ramsden, who was then the owner of a major portion of the town, had done a lot to ensure the prosperity of Huddersfield.

Huddersfield has gradually prospered to become one of the well known modern towns in UK with a good commercial stronghold.

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