The doors of some of the most mysterious parts of Huddersfield’s past will be unlocked next month to allow residents to see their town in a whole new light.

Tours of the iconic Northumberland Street post office delivery office will give lucky visitors a sneak peak behind the bustling scenes of a building never before open to the public when the heritage open weekend takes place from September 11 to 14.

The eye-opening event, which will take place to mark the centenary of the building, is just one of 27 free walks and activities which will open residents’ eyes to the history behind the buildings and places they pass by every day as part of the area’s largest ever heritage open weekend.

It will be opened alongside a little known jail and mortuary in Holmfirth, Th’Owd Towser, which will provide a fascinating insight to those with cast iron nerves and Dewsbury Town Hall, which this year will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a special sneak peak into its old court room and, of course, lashings of tea and cakes.

Insights into the lives of early Jewish and Polish settlers, radicals and the formation of one of the county’s arguably best sports, rugby league, will honour the area’s vibrant and ethnically diverse heritage, whilst those eager to learn traditional Pennine crafts will be kept happy with several clog making and spinning demonstrations at Colne Valley Museum.

 

And others will be able to see for themselves why the train station’s landmark old water tower has become a prestigious national award winner and explore the living conditions of those working in the area’s once thriving textile district.

Activities will also bring to life the past of 26 Calderdale attractions, including a journey to Brighouse’s most important industrial and the chance to ring the bells in St Bartholomew’s Church in Ripponden.

Chair of Huddersfield Civic Society, Chris Marsden, who will lead some of the tours around the post office, said: “Heritage open days are a real, great opportunity for people to learn about the places where they live.

“All the history of our town has been left behind in its infrastructure, so it’s a great privilege to be able to share it with the public.

“I’m looking forward to the opening of the back rooms of the post office because it will be the first time that a big deal has been made about it in its 100 year history.

“A big opening ceremony was due to be held to mark its opening in 1914 but due to the war it had to be abandoned.”

To find out what will be open to explore and to book a place on one of the tours, go to: www.heritageopendays.org.uk