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West Riding
Almondbury, showing Wormald's Hall (centre)
Grid reference: SE167153
Location: 53°38’4"N, 1°44’56"W
Population: 18,346  (2011)
Post town: Huddersfield
Postcode: HD5
Local Government
Council: Kirklees

Almondbury is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, two miles south-east of Huddersfield town centre. The population of Almondbury in 2001 was recorded as 7,368, and as 18,346 in 2011.

The village appears in the Domesday Book as "Almondeberie". After the Norman Conquest, the land around the village was held by the powerful De Lacy family, who gave their name to De Lacy Avenue.

For 300 years until the 17th century, the village's Monday Market was the most important in the area. Almondbury was the hub of parish activity and in its early history was a more important centre than the town of Huddersfield. The villages of Linthwaite, Lockwood, Honley, Holmfirth and Meltham were all part of the Almondbury parish area.

The village is close to Castle Hill, Huddersfield's most prominent landmark. Almondbury has several notable buildings, including the parish church and the 16th-century Wormald's Hall,[1] now the village Conservative Club.

Parish church

All Hallows Church is a Grade I listed building.[2] The church is mainly Perpendicular in style but the chancel is earlier.

The roofs have a long inscription dated 1522 on the cornice. Other wooden furniture of interest includes a Georgian lectern, a pew of 1605 and a late Perpendicular font cover.[3]

King James's School

In 1547 under King Henry VIII, the village's Chantry Chapel was dissolved.[4] By "concent of the parishe", Arthur Kay of Woodsome Hall and his son John "dyd shifte yt" stone by stone, along St Helen's Gate, to be reconstructed as a school house. A royal charter, formally called the Letters Patent,[5] was granted by King James I on 24 November 1608 and the school became a grammar school. The school has had various names (Almondbury Grammar School, King James's Grammar School) and today is called King James's School.[6]

The Harry Taylor Trust was established in 1987 in memory of Harry Taylor, former headmaster of King James's Grammar School (1952-1973), to benefit pupils at the school and young people in the village of Almondbury.

On television

In the 2020s, Almondbury became one of the locations the Channel 5 series The Yorkshire Vet was based at, with the animal hospital operated by Donaldson's Vets[7][8][9][10] used alongside surgeries in Wetherby[11] and Kirkbymoorside.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Almondbury)


  1. National Heritage List 1224854: Wormalls Hall
  2. National Heritage List 1225096: Church of All Hallows (Grade I listing)
  3. Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the North. London: Collins; p. 333
  4. "A short history of King James's School", The Old Almondburians' Society. Retrieved 16 November 2016
  5. "The School Charter ('the Letters Patent')", The Old Almondburians' Society. Retrieved 16 November 2016
  6. The Old Almondburians' Society, Retrieved 16 November 2016
  7. "Home". Retrieved 16 November 2021. 
  8. "The Yorkshire Vet". Retrieved 16 November 2021. 
  9. "Somerset Road 24/7 Surgery". Retrieved 16 November 2021. 
  10. "The Yorkshire Vet Season 13". Retrieved 16 November 2021. 
  11. "Meet our team of vets, nurses & client support at our new vets in Wetherby". Retrieved 16 November 2021.