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'The town that bought itself'

One hundred years ago this month, the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield effectively “bought itself” when its corporation paid £1.3m for the Ramsden estate, which included the whole of the town centre and over half of the land within the Borough boundary.

Now, marking the centenary of the event, Huddersfield Local History Society has brought together a series of original essays on the Ramsden family’s role in shaping the town, resulting in an extensively illustrated new book, Power in the Land, published by the University of Huddersfield Press.

The book is edited by Edward Royle, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of York and a long-standing member of the local history society, who also delivered an online lecture, titled ‘The town that bought itself’? New light on 1920. The lecture can be seen here.

Further information about the centenary can be found here.

Edward Royle (ed.) Power in the Land: The Ramsdens and their Huddersfield estate 1542-1920 is published by the University of Huddersfield Press. ISBN: 9781862181762. It is available from Gazelle Book Services, price £30.

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