Additional sights from Huddersfield – my dad’s birth town

I published post a few weeks ago about the very emotional day out we had visiting my father’s birthplace, and unexpectedly my great-grandfather, great-grandmother and uncle’s grave – single, not plural, I haven’t made a mistake (click here if you didn’t read it).

At that time, I didn’t have access to Barry’s views of the town or outlying areas we spent time in.

So forgive me for indulging, but once again I feel they’re worth sharing.

More of the Huddersfield Broad Canal


A morning view of the boats moored at Aspley Basin


Incredible pulley system of the lift bridge


Row upon row of symmetrical windows adorn the old mill buildings


Lock number one east – heading towards the Standedge tunnel


Walking into town along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Huddersfield Town, Salendine Nook and Lindley


Very impressive college and University buildings set around the canal


One of these houses on New Hays Road is the address my grandfather had on his driving license – so my dad could’ve lived here as a young boy


The view from the top of New Hays Road


Happy to be here


We took a chance on finding my great-grandfather’s church in Lindley, having found a small card at my father’s house recently from his funeral. The only location details were Lindley, Huddersfield.


And we found the church – Lindley Methodist. What a shame the probably ornately carved wooden pews have been removed and replaced with modern day chairs


The stained glass window, however, is as it would’ve been when my great-grandfather preached here


Though I’ve never been ‘religious’ in the organised religion sense, I pay homage to my great-grandfather Thomas Inglis Walsh who served many people as a Methodist Minister. His three daughters devoted their lives to the church, lived together all their lives, and died as, I believe, happy spinsters. His only son, the youngest child, William Dixon, was my grandfather – and as far as I’m aware, wasn’t religious at all!


How to really use a burial plot – it looks as though there are SIX bodies buried here, three of whom are my relations


A statue of Sir Harold Wilson, in St George’s Square – he was British Prime Minister for four terms of office


Sir Harold was born in Huddersfield in 1916, four years before my father


Built in 1853, Lion Chambers proudly boasts the statue of ‘Leo’ the lion, who’s said to wander around St George’s Square when the clock strikes 12!

From Marple to High Lane – to Cornwall!

Tonight (Thursday) we’ve moved from Marple to High Lane, nearer to the Enterprise Car Hire Hazel Grove office. We’ve used them a number of times in the past, as they provide such a helpful ‘pick up and drop off’ service to narrowboaters.  We just need to phone them tomorrow with a suitable postcode.

Jim will be with us on Saturday morning, and then we’ll drive to my mum and dad’s for my turn on the four sister’s ‘rota’ of respite care for mum. On Monday, we’re heading down to Hayle, in Cornwall, for seven days of R and R!

2 thoughts on “Additional sights from Huddersfield – my dad’s birth town

  1. I love all the Hudderdfield pics. It brings back lovely memories of my Uni days. Birthing my first son Thomas there and my early independent adulthood. Such an old town with history around every bend.
    Thanks for sharing the pics. As dont think I have any of the 5 yrs I lived there.

    • Hi Kelly

      Our pleasure, we loved visiting Huddersfield in 2014 and I intend to return one day to do some more digging into my dad’s family history. We only skirted what the town has to offer in our limited time there. Sounds like you have very happy memories of the town 😉

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