Almondbury

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Coordinates: 53°38′04″N 1°44′56″W / 53.634361°N 1.7489001°W / 53.634361; -1.7489001

Almondbury
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Almondbury, showing Wormald's Hall (centre)
Almondbury is located in West Yorkshire
Almondbury
Almondbury
 Almondbury shown within West Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE 16701 15345
    - London 160 mi (260 km)  SE
Metropolitan borough Kirklees
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Huddersfield
Postcode district HD5 8
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Huddersfield
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Almondbury is a village 2 miles (3.2 km) south-east of Huddersfield town centre in West Yorkshire, England. The population of Almondbury in 2001 was 7,368[1]

Almondbury appears in the Domesday Book as "Almondeberie". After the Norman Conquest, the land around the village was held by the powerful De Lacy family, who gave their name to De Lacy Avenue.

For 300 years up until the 17th century, the village's Monday Market was the most important in the area. Almondbury was the hub of parish activity and in its early history was a more important centre than the town of Huddersfield. The villages of Linthwaite, Lockwood, Honley, Holmfirth and Meltham were all part of the Almondbury parish area.

The village is close to Castle Hill, Huddersfield's most prominent landmark. Almondbury has several notable buildings including the 16th-century Wormald's Hall, now the village Conservative club, and the Grade I listed All Hallows Church.

Education[edit]

In 1547 the people of Almondbury were faced with the possible dissolution of its Chantry Chapel.[2] By "concent of the parishe", Arthur Kay of Woodsome and his son John "dyd shifte yt" stone by stone, along St Helen's Gate, to be reconstructed as a school house. A royal charter, formally called the Letters Patent,[3] was granted by James I on 24 November 1608 and the school became a grammar school. The school has had various names (Almondbury Grammar School, King James's Grammar School and today is called King James's School.[4]

The Harry Taylor Trust was established in 1987 in memory of Harry Taylor, former headmaster of King James's Grammar School (1952-1973), to benefit pupils at the school and young people in the village of Almondbury.

There is also Almondbury High School and Language College on Fernside Avenue.

Notable people[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Kirkless Census by Settlement spreadsheet". 
  2. ^ "A short history of King James’s School", Oas.org.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2016
  3. ^ "The School Charter (‘the Letters Patent’)", Oas.org.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2016
  4. ^ The Old Almondburians' Society, Oas.org.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2016
  5. ^ Leslie, Frank-Leslie's - Volumes 55-57, 1883, p. 177 accessed 19 December 2012
  6. ^ Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Volume 5, Royal College of Physicians, 1968 p.311 accessed 19 December 2012

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