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The derivation of the name Halifax is subject to much speculation it was first recorded post the battle of Hastings in 1091 in the form Halyfax, this is probably from the old English halh-gefeaxe, which is an “area of coarse grass in the nook of land”.
This is the preferred explanation to previous assumptions that the name derived from Old English halig (holy), ie hālig feax (holy hair), first suggested by 16th century scholars. This incorrect interpretation stimulated two local legends. One concerned a lustful priest who killed a maiden after she spurned his advances. The other held that John the Baptists Head was buried in the town after his execution. This is certainly a medieval legend rather than ancient, though the image of the saint can still be seen on the towns coat of arms..
Elland a Calderdale market town in West Yorkshire neighbours Hallifax to the south and located by both the Calder and Hebble Navigation and the River Calder. The location of Elland gives rise to it’s name Elland which is recorded in the doomsday book in 1086 as Elant. It is derived from Old English meaning ‘land by the water or surrounded by water’.
Elland is one of the relatively few towns retaining a continued tenure from pre Norman Conquest into the middle ages, as the Elland family were originated from Anglo Saxons.
Both Elland and Halifax were centres of the woollen industry. Made in Elland traded in the Piece Hall in Halifax and shipped by the Canal. Now with the demise of the woollen industry the many beautifully designed factories have now been converted to residences.
In recent history Elland was the home of the Gannex factory, made famous by Rt Hon Harold Wilson in the 1960′s. Harold Wilson was born in the nearby town of Huddersfield at 4 Warneford Road in 1916
Huddersfield is a large market town and in the 2001 census was the 10th largest town in the UK. It is located in the borough of Kirklees halfway between Manchester and Leeds. Huddersfield has been know as a market town since the Anglo Saxon era. However earlier in Huddersfield’s history it was had a significant Roman settlement to the west and The prominent Castle Hill built to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee was formerly an iron age fort.
Huddersfield has some amazing Victorian architecture and has the 3rd highest number of listed buildings of any city or town in the UK. The railway station in St Georges Square was said by John Betjeman to be the most splendid façade in UK second only to St Pancras and by Sir Nikolas Pevsner as a Stately Home with trains inside
Two former Prime Ministers have resided in Huddersfield during their childhood. Wilson who was born here is commemorated by a statue in front of the railway station. There is no memorial to Asquith’s who was born in Morley on the outskirts of Leeds as he only had a brief connection with Huddersfield
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