Famous Huddersfield and Yorkshire People

  • At the 2012 Olympics of the 65 medals won, 12 Olympians were from Yorkshire including 2 from Huddersfield.

  • The Huddersfield motto is JUVAT IMPRIGROS DEUS which translates to God Helps the Diligent.

  • Lonely Planet has voted Yorkshire 3rd best place to visit in the World. Number 1 was Brazil and Number 2 was Antartica.

  • Newcastle Brown Ale is brewed in Yorkshire.

  • Huddersfield in Bloom competition 2013. The Centrallodge won Silver in the hotels and pubs category.

  • The University of Huddersfield has over 24,000 students from over 120 countries.


  • University of Huddersfield voted number 1 in the country by the London Times newspaper.

  • Huddersfield has the third highest of number of listed buildings in the country.

  • The population of Huddersfield borough is approximately 270,000 making it the largest town in England.

  • Huddersfield is twinned with Besancon (France), Bielsko Biala (Poland), Kreis Unna (Germany) and Kostanai (Kazakstan).

  • The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield town centre has received an "Outstanding" rating from the Arts Council of England in the area of "Excellence and Innovation".

  • Wallace Hartley was the Band Leader on the Titanic when it sank 100 years ago. Up until 1901 he was a member of the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra and lived in the town.

  • The clock tower of the Parliament building, commonly known as Big Ben is built in Yorkshire stone on the exterior. Internally is granite from Cornwall.

  • A gentleman's suit made of superfine mohair and made in Huddersfield was sold for £7000.

  • In February 2012 survey found that Huddersfield was the happiest town in the North of England.

  • All glass in the viewing pods of the London Eye on the bank of the River Thames was made in Huddersfield.

  • David Brown Gears based in Huddersfield was owned by Sir. David Brown. He bought Aston Martin and put his initials on all the cars including the DB5 driven by James Bond (Sean Connery). Their gear boxes were used in Spitfires and are in many Royal Navy warships. They are also involved in gear boxes for Bell Helicopters used by US Marines.

  • In December 1977 the Sex Pistols played their last ever live performance in Huddersfield.

  • King James’s Grammar School was granted a Royal Charter in 1605 by King James I, the school is still open today.

  • Until the Normans invasion in 1066 Huddersfield was known by its Anglo Saxon name ‘Odersfelt’.

  • The Huddersfield Parish Church, St. Peters was built in 1073. This was replaced by a new building in 1506 and finally the present church was constructed in 1836. Only three buildings for almost 950 years!

  • Rugby League was founded in Huddersfield in 1835 when several Northern clubs broke away from the Rugby Union.

  • The famous Bill Shankley of Liverpool FC fame was the manager of Huddersfield Town before moving to Anfield.

  • Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery has been voted one of the top 5 in West Yorkshire.

  • Oxfam recently announced that per head of population Huddersfield makes the largest donation in England.

  • Although Roger Banister ran the first sub 4 minute mile, Huddersfield born Derek Ibotson ran the mile earlier and crossed the line at exactly 4 minutes.

  • Other famous Huddersfield born people include the following – Lord Wilson (Harold Wilson ex-Prime Minister), Lord James Hanson, Roy Castle, Gorden Kaye (Allo Allo), Patrick Stewart (Capt Picard, Star Trek), Billy Currie (Ultravox) and Ray Wilson, one of the England World Cup winning Squad in 1966. Jodie Whittaker (Theatre film and TV actress), Tom Sykes (2013 World Superbike champion), Malcolm Walker (Founder of Iceland frozen foods), Nina Hussain (ITN news broadcaster)


Famous Yorkshire People

John Craven (Countryfile and Newsround)
Michael Palin (Monty Python, World Traveller and Documentary maker
Andrew Lee Potts (Actor, Private Jackson Band of Brothers)
Harry Ramsden, (Fish and Chips fame)
Carol Vorderman, (Countdown)
Helen Sharman, (1st British female astronaut)
Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Pickard, Star Trek, and Shakespearean actor)
Sir Ben Kingsley (World famous actor)
Dame Judi Dench (World famous actress)
Sean Bean (Sharp, TV series and film roles)
Brian Blessed (Actor and mountaineer)
Alan Bennett (Playwright and Actor)
Bronte Sisters (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights)
Percy Shaw (Inventor of cats eyes on roadways)
Amy Johnson (Aviator flew solo from England to Australia)
Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear)
Paul Daniels (Magician)
Ernie Wise (Morecombe and Wise)
Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves (Comedians, Singers and Actors)
Gordon Kaye (Renee in Allo’ Allo’)
Matthew Lewis (Neville in Harry Potter franchise)
William Wilburforce (brought about abolition of slavery in England, 1807)
William Bradford (Pilgrim Father, First Governor of Plymouth in USA)
James Martin (TV Chef)
The Chuckle Brothers (Comedians)
Kaiser Chiefs (Musicians)
Arctic Monkeys (Musicians)
The Human League (Musicians)
Prince Nazeem (Former Feather Weight World Champion
Nicola Adams (Olympic Gold Medal Boxer)
Brian Clough (Best Manager England never had)
Gabby Logan (TV Presenter)
J B Priestly (Author)
Barbara Taylor Bradford (Author)
James Herriot (Vet and Writer)
Henry Moore (Sculptor)
David Hockney (Artist)
Gordon Banks (Goalie, 1966 World Cup)
Kevin Keegan (Liverpool and England Captain)
Leslie Garrett (Opera Singer)
James Martin  (Celebrity Chef)
Dustin Gee (Comedian)
Mr Marks of Leeds teamed up with Mr Spencer and formed M&S.
Damien Hurst (Controversial Modern day artist)
David Bradley (Actor, Harry Potter plus Game of Thrones)


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