YOU know you’re a nerd when your big sister gives you a 1954 Ordnance Survey map of Huddersfield for Christmas – and you’re delighted at the thoughtful gift.
It’s fascinating to look at this musty document and see how the town has changed in the last 60 years.
When you see blue on the 1954 map it indicates a river, a canal or a reservoir – not a motorway. There’s no M62 going through the area and no ring road in the town centre either.
The landscape of Huddersfield in 1954 is also dotted with lots of strange things called mills and collieries.
These differences, while interesting, are unsurprising. But the changes in place names in the last 60 years were more intriguing.
The old map of the town shows that several areas have slipped from two words to one since 1954 – Wilber Lee, Thongs Bridge and Birds Edge.
And there’s one part of Huddersfield which has lost a vowel within the last six decades.
You may recall a few weeks ago I asked whether the area near Birkby and Birchencliffe was known as Grimescar or Grimscar.
I still haven’t got a definitive answer to that one despite the best efforts of several readers.
But, with that can of worms still crawling round the table, I’ve decided to open another tin.
My 1954 map refers to an area outside Slaithwaite as Linguards Wood rather than Lingards Wood.
Which prompts the obvious question: Who Linguards the Lingards?