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The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of people who’ve shaped British history, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The ODNB currently includes the life stories of 58,500 men and women who died in or before 2009.



Harold Wilson

Of these 58,500 people, over 100 have close ties to Huddersfield and surrounding areas—through families, education, work or residence.


Here you’ll find some famous (and some less familiar) Huddersfield faces, including the Labour prime minister Harold Wilson (left) and (below) cricketer Wilfred Rhodes and Roger Hargreaves, creator of the ‘Mr Men’ books (born in Cleckheaton). Then discover the ‘who and how’ in Huddersfield by searching the ODNB for people by place.



Richard Oastler Henry Venn Roger Hargreaves Walter Parratt
Wallace Hartley James Hanson Wilfred Rhodes Ben Turner


Who and how? in Huddersfield

As well as looking for people by name, you can also search by place, for example:



(NB: You'll need to be logged into your library's subscription for these searches.)



How do I search?

Finding people in the Oxford DNB is easy.


  • to discover more Huddersfield people simply use the ‘place’ option on the People Search page. You can find people who were born, baptized, educated or resident in Huddersfield (or elsewhere), or who died and were buried here. Search by county, city, town, village, church, and even street.
  • you can also search the ODNB’s 67 million words for places (e.g. nearby Holmfirth). For this use Text Search.

We also have more tips on using the ODNB for local and family history.


What else does the Oxford DNB offer?

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