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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Huddersfield


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Planning on attending the University of Huddersfield this year? The University of Huddersfield is a Gold-rated university and one of the top 15 universities in the UK for work placements. Here’s 5 things you probably didn’t know about Huddersfield…

A Student Town

Huddersfield is a sprawling and interesting town filled with lots of interesting people and exciting new things happening every day. Did you know that roughly  20,000 students live here. That’s from Huddersfield University, Kirklees College and other insitutions. So, when you move here, you’re sure to meet lots of people in the same boat as you.

Iron Aged

Huddersfield is a town with a mixture of the old and the new, which is what keeps it interesting. It’s got some of the oldest recorded settlements in the UK, with earliest findings dating back to over 4000 years ago and evidence of settlements at Almondbury. With rolling hills and great views, you can understand why the Neothlic man chose to set up shop here.

The Home of Rugby League

In the 19th century, Huddersfield became the birthplace of the Rugby League after disputes between Northern and Southern clubs in the Rugby Union. Diverging away from the traditional rules of Rugby Union, the Rugby League grew in Huddersfield and become one of the most popular sports in England today. A very Northern sport and still a favourite around Huddersfield.

Home of Stars

Whovians around the world know Jodie Whittaker as the first woman to take the role of the Doctor in the BBC hit show, Doctor Who. But they may not know that Jodie Whittaker is from Skelmanthorpe just outside of Huddersfield. Sir Patrick Stewart himself is from Mirfield and was Chancellor of the University between 2004 and 2015. That’s not all! Cersi Lannister of Game of Thrones grew up in Highburton after living in Bermuda during her early childhood.

Political Heavyweights

British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, was born in Huddersfield. He was the son of a chemist and a schoolteacher and went on to be the leader of the Labour party during the 1960s and took up the mantle of Prime Minister under two separate terms. One of the University of Huddersfield’s buildings is named after him, and if you’ve passed through St George’s Square then you may have seen the large statue of him in the centre.

So, if you’re attending the University of Huddersfield this year, just know that you’ll be joining an interesting and diverse town in West Yorkshire, with some very notable alumni. Got an interesting fact about Huddersfield? Be sure to let us know.

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