Power in the Land: The Ramsdens and their Huddersfield Estate, 1542-1920

Front cover of the book "Power in the Land".

September 2020 sees the centenary of Huddersfield Corporation’s purchase of the Ramsden Estate, ending more than three centuries of the Ramsdens’ dominant part in local affairs.  Huddersfield Local History Society has brought together a series of original essays on the Ramsdens’ role, and reappraised the famous story of “the town that bought itself”, in a handsome new book from the University of Huddersfield Press.

Edited and with contributions by Edward Royle, emeritus professor of history at the University of York, the book also includes chapters by Society members Stephen Caunce, David Griffiths, Brian Haigh and John Halstead; architectural historian Christopher Webster; and Ramsden relative Meriel Buxton.

The book will be available to purchase for the discounted price of £25 (RRP £30) at a “pop-up shop” in Unit 3 of the Piazza (opposite the main steps to the library) ) on 26, 28 and 29 September between 11am and 4pm. Professor Royle intends to be there on Saturday 26 to sign copies and the shop will also house a Centenary exhibition which has been put together by the West Yorkshire Archive Service.

As part of Huddersfield Local History Society’s 2020/21 season of monthly talks, Professor Royle discusses the book and its new insights into the events of a century ago…