Saddleworth in the Community

Nowadays, Friezland is considered to be the area around the church, but traditionally Friezland was the area of hillside below Alphin Pike, one of the hills above Dovestones Reservoir.

Friezland church, Christ Church, was built in the mid 19th century. The church school was founded at around the same time.

Friezland developed due to its close proximity to communication networks. It was adjacent to not only the canal, but also the Staley turnpike road (now Oaklands Road) and the Manchester to Huddersfield railway line.

Although covering a smaller area than most other Saddleworth villages, Friezland shares with them a thriving community with its own local interest groups and associations. The industrial past can be seen in the carefully preserved Royal George Mill and Mann’s Wharf, which was originally a landing place for barges at the edge of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

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