Old Huddersfield was to be found in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974 when it became part of the new county of West Yorkshire along with other towns and cities including Bradford, Halifax, Leeds and Wakefield. Huddersfield featured in sheet 246 of the Ordnance Survey 6″ inch series of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The table below gives a breakdown of the areas covered by the Huddersfield area maps. Brief excerpts are also shown from the Kelly’s Directory of West Riding of Yorkshire 1881 to give a flavour and character of the area.
|North West Huddersfield||Yorkshire 246 NW||Elland, Greetland, Ainley Top, Old Lindley, and Holywell Green|
|North East Huddersfield||Yorkshire 246 NE||Raistrick, Fixby, Bradley, Deighton and Cowcliffe|
|South West Huddersfield||Yorkshire 246 SW||Outlane, Salendine Nook, Golcar, Marsh and Quarmby|
|South East Huddersfield||Yorkshire 246 SE||Huddersfield centre, Birkby, Fartown, Moldgreen and Dalton|
HUDDERSFIELD is a parliamentary and municipal borough, a handsome and well built market town, head of a poor law union and county court district, first-class railway station and a polling place for the Southern division of the Riding, in the wapentake of Upper Agbrigg, liberty of Pontefract, rural deanery of Huddersfield, archdeaconry of Craven and diocese of Ripon … Huddersfield is distant 106 miles from Birmingham, 15 south from Bradford, 72 from Derby, 8 south-west from Dewsbury, 45 3/4 from Doncaster, 7 south-east from Halifax, 35 from Harrogate, 71 1/2 from Hull, 16 1/2 from Leeds,
Huddersfield may be considered the head of the fancy woollen trade; the goods manufactured here consisting of plain and fancy woollens, broadcloths, doeskins, worsted coatings, trouserings, woollen cords, Bedford cords, vestings, tweeds, mantle cloths, shawls, serges, cashmerettes, mohair and sealskin cloths. In addition to this, worsted, silk and cotton are worked up into an endless variety of fancy goods, including dress skirts and dresses of the finest quality, many of these articles being delicate in their texture and elegant in design.