Huddersfield is a large historic market, university and mill town in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire, England. To the town’s east is the Pennines, south is the river Holme’s discharge into the similar-sized Colne. The town’s historic county is Yorkshire, West Riding.
The rivers were tapped for steam turbines and textile treatment in the large weaving sheds which are associated with an economic boom in the early part of the Industrial Revolution. It has much neoclassical Victorian architecture centrally, among which its railway station which is in the rarest category of statutory recognition and protection (a Grade I listed building) – described by John Betjeman as “the most splendid station façade in England”, second only to St Pancras, London. Fronting St George’s Square, it was renovated for £4 million and accordingly won the Europa Nostra award for architecture.
It hosts the University of Huddersfield and three colleges: Greenhead College, Kirklees College and Huddersfield New College. Two-time British Prime Minister Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson and film star James Mason were born in the town. The current Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, was born in Skelmanthorpe.