Other sources of Useful Information:
Huddersfield Local History Society A membership organisation for anybody and everybody interested in the history of the town.
|BMD Certificates – what they contain. A very useful page on the web site of the Society of Genealogists|
Discover Huddersfield We often think we know our town and the history, but – do you know where the last remaining wooden setts are or where there is an interesting (and rather rude) stone carving which reputedly got the stone mason sacked? Come along and you might find out.
Discover Huddersfield lead a series of guided walks in the town and have printed walking trails that can be taken at your own pace. More information on the web site.
Canal People web site, By Angela Morefield who had canal boating ancestors.
In the early days of the canals, boatmen were relatively well paid in the scheme of things. At the earliest census in 1841, most boat families lived in a house, so that even if the husband was away working on the canals, the wife and children were living on land.
By the mid 1840’s, however, the situation had changed. The advent of the railways as an alternative for freight carrying made transport by barge less popular, and hence work on the canals became less lucrative. Families could no longer afford to maintain a house on land, and were forced to live in the boats, which could not have been easy, given the limited space available in the boat cabins. This had a double effect financially – not only was there no rental charge for a house, but the women also worked the boats alongside the men, thereby reducing labour costs. Canal Barge work was one of the occupations which was truly non discriminatory! The fact that “our floating population” was now itinerant creates difficulties in finding them in the censuses.
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