Fixby

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Fixby
Allison Dike, Fixby - geograph.org.uk - 382230.jpg
Allison Dike, Fixby
Fixby is located in West Yorkshire
Fixby
Fixby
Fixby shown within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE132194
• London165 miles (266 km)
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHUDDERSFIELD
Postcode districtHD2
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
AmbulanceYorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
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53°40′22″N 1°48′00″W / 53.67271°N 1.80004°W / 53.67271; -1.80004Coordinates: 53°40′22″N 1°48′00″W / 53.67271°N 1.80004°W / 53.67271; -1.80004

Fixby is a suburb in north-west Kirklees bordering neighbouring Calderdale and is traditionally part of Huddersfield in the English county of West Yorkshire. Fixby is mentioned in the Domesday Book.[1] The name "Fixby" derives from the Gaelic Irish personal name Fiach.[2]

In the nineteenth century Fixby was a large estate to which social reformer Richard Oastler was appointed as steward from 1830 until 1838 when he was relieved of his duties for his political activities: pamphleteering, lobbying and in the establishment of Short Time Committees in industrial towns throughout Yorkshire. The Short Time committees organised public meetings in order to raise petitions to improve conditions for children in the workplaces of the day and resulted in the Factory Act of 1847, with which Oastler was never fully satisfied.[3]

Much of the historical Fixby Estate is now a golf course based at Fixby Hall,[4] and intersected by the Kirklees Way footpath.[5] Fixby Hall is a grade II listed building.[6]

The area is now sought after suburban location of Huddersfield for homeowners.[7] The village is just off the A6107 road and south of the M62 motorway.[8]

The Huddersfield Crematorium is also situated in the area.[9]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "Fixby | Domesday Book". opendomesday.org. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 181. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  3. ^ "Factory King who battled to free child slaves". The Yorkshire Post. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  4. ^ Whitwam, Linda (8 October 2011). "Conservationist background of man behind the development of Huddersfield's countryside". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Kirklees Way - LDWA Long Distance Paths". www.ldwa.org.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Fixby Hall  (Grade II) (1134236)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  7. ^ "The white stuff: How a bog-standard 1980s Yorkshire property was transformed into a dream home". The Yorkshire Post. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  8. ^ "288" (Map). Bradford & Huddersfield. 1;25,000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 9780319244852.
  9. ^ Sutcliffe, Robert (11 December 2016). "Huddersfield Crematorium needs a new furnace". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 2 October 2017.