Located in a small valley it is mostly housing, with a small number of engineering firms to the northwest, surrounded by farmland used in the production of milk.
Dalton was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. This tax-motivated survey commissioned by William the Conqueror listed landholdings and resources. However, unlike other areas surrounding Huddersfield, Dalton was not listed as `waste', meaning uncultivated or unusable land, and there was economic activity. A plough was being used and the land was worth ten shillings.
- "Lost years of the 'nice boy' who killed 25", David Sapsted and Duncan Gardham, Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2005 Archived 28 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
- Huddersfield Examiner - History spotlight ... Dalton (24 October 2005)
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