Truly the epicentre of original mills in Huddersfield, this unique village was home to no less than 5 mills in its hay-day. But what is more it was also the passageway to the North.
The Standedge Tunnel, this most inspiring feature of Victorian architecture is the longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel in Britain. It is 5,500 yards (5029 m) long and 638 feet (194 m) underground at the deepest point under the south Pennines. The Tunnel was predominantly built to services the textile trade in this village by giving access to the rest of the countries waterway systems.
By the beginning of the 19th Century Marsden was entering into a period of prosperity not seen before or since. Textile Mills sprang up all around the village and the demand for labour was so great that folks were brought up from London to work for 13 hours a day at the machinery. Eventually the many smaller mills were superseded by five major enterprises.
Enoch Taylor and his brother James set up an iron works in the village which was to produce the machinery that sparked the Luddite revolt in West Yorkshire and led to the murder of a local mill owner in 1812. Enoch Taylor’s grave can still be seen in the old churchyard.
So if you’ve ever been called a Luddite – you now know where the name comes from…