If we cannot use the Huddersfield Parish Church as our location for the soundscape, another location we could use is the Huddersfield Train Station. It has quite a history behind it, but the main attraction is the types of sound we would get when recording there. Train engines, brakes screeching, hydraulic doors – All would make a nice array to fill a soundscape with, especially because you would be able to recognise most of the sounds found there.
History Of The Parish Church
The first church was built by Walter de Laci was a wealthy nobleman who held a great deal of land in Yorkshire, including the manors of Huddersfield and Almondbury. The story of how the church was built was that Walter got thrown from his horse into a swampy marsh, and vowed that if he was spared that he would go on to build a church. He kept to this promise and founded the Huddersfield Parish Church in 1090 to 1100. In 1503-1506 the church was rebuilt into the ‘perpendicular’ style. Another restoration project was held which raised the floor by eight feet and constructed a crypt, extended the nave by thirty feet to the west, and built the tower much higher to 120 feet. This work was completed in 1836 and the church keeps mainly the same design as back then. There is a lot of history to be explored with the Parish church and many ideas come to mind when thinking of designing soundscapes and sound walks.