As a result, the town became known for a time as 'the town that bought itself'.
To this day, much of the freehold of the town belongs to the local authority.
In 1599, William Ramsden bought the manor, and the Ramsden family continued to own the manor, which came to be known as the 'Ramsden Estate', until 1920.
The town is home to textile, chemical and engineering companies, including Brook Motors Ltd founded by Ernest Brook in 1904.
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Indeed, the modern name Huddersfield is pronounced without a word-initial /h/ in the local dialect, suggesting that the standard English pronunciation has influenced the commonly accepted spelling.
Huddersfield has been a market town since Anglo-Saxon times. The manor of Huddersfield was owned by the de Lacy family until 1322, at which it reverted to royal ownership.