AVAILABLE NOW FOR JUST £5
“MEET ME AT HAROLD WILSON”
Stories from St George’s Square
The culmination of Huddersfield Local History Society’s Memories of Our Square project, this fully illustrated book brings together memories that have been shared with us and tales from the archives to tell the story of the Square, in words and pictures, from its creation in the 1850s – it almost didn’t happen – to the present day.
Front cover: photo credits – courtesy Christopher R. Marsden, John Lambe, Christine Verguson
With 164 pages, and more than 100 illustrations, Huddersfield Local History Society’s latest publication costs just £5. It is now in stock at Waterstone’s (Huddersfield); Kirklees Local Studies Library; Handmade in Imperial Arcade; Newstrack at the station; the Children’s Bookshop in Lindley; Colne Valley Museum; Root Cellar, Meltham; Read, Holmfirth; Centre Books, Cathedral House.
It’s also available from Huddersfield Local History Society’s website here
‘Looks great – clearly a very fertile project, and a well edited and designed result. And cheaper than two daily papers!’
‘This is such a great idea – a book of stories, recollections and some background history about Huddersfield’s iconic railway station and the magnificent St George’s Square which greets travellers arriving at the station. The fine statue of Harold Wilson, born and bred in Huddersfield, is the centrepiece of the square which was developed with the coming of the railway. The square has been the scheme of countless rallies, demonstrations and mass gatherings over its many decades stretching back to the late 1840s. But it has also been the place where friends, lovers, colleagues, meet – hence the title. ‘Meet me at Harold Wilson’ is a phrase that most Huddersfield people will recognise…’ Professor Paul Salveson
Bringing together stories from the archives with living memories, our book features sections on:
THE MAKING OF THE SQUARE
THE STATE OF THE SQUARE
AT THE STATION
ARRIVING IN THE SQUARE
AT THE GEORGE
SHOPPING, SOCIALISING AND SERVICES
CRIME IN THE SQUARE
POLITICS AND PROTESTS
PATRIOTISM AND ROYALTY
WAR AND PEACE
FAITH IN THE SQUARE
SPORT AND THE SQUARE
MUSIC AND DANCE
TRAMS AND TROLLEY BUSES
ANIMALS IN THE SQUARE
FROM FIREWORKS TO FESTIVALS
INSPIRED BY THE SQUARE
and there’s even a TIMELINE.
Huddersfield Local History Society’s Memories of Our Square project has been part of a three-year cultural programme funded by the High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), a Government funded scheme in partnership with Historic England and Kirklees Council.