Huddersfield is a place that some residents may believe doesn't change much.

But the pictures below prove that, given time, Huddersfield can be a totally different place.

The images, released to the Examiner from Huddersfield Civic Society, were taken in the 1960s and 70s by Clifford Stephenson and Ewald Sotnik and show a town rapidly under development.

The creation of the ringroad, the pulling down of various well-known town centre buildings and the work to build the M62 are all documented in the images above.

 

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Huddersfield Civic Society, which was founded on this day in 1964.

Many heritage buildings in Huddersfield would or may have been lost or disfigured but for the work of the civic society,  such as Brook Street Market, Broadbent’s Bath House, Huddersfield Library, Kirkgate Chambers and Queensgate Market.

The society has lobbied over street clutter and inappropriate advertisements.

Recently it saw off a plastic cash machine in St George's Square that had been installed without planning permission.

The society worked hard on the town’s development plans since the 1960s including the 1999 Unitary Development Plan and the recently abandoned Local Development Plan.

The proposal by the Council in 2003 to redevelop the Queensgate area, which included plans to demolish the Library & Art Gallery, Market Hall and the 1930s Co-op building, were fiercely opposed and the scheme was dropped.

We'll be featuring more on the society over the next week - but here's to the next 50 years!