Slaithwaite

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Coordinates: 53°37′N 1°53′W / 53.62°N 1.88°W / 53.62; -1.88

Slaithwaite is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, England. It lies in the Colne Valley laying across the River Colne and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, approximately 5 miles southwest of Huddersfield. The pronunciation of Slaithwaite varies. Locally it is pronounced as 'sla-wit'. The first part sounds the same as the town of Slough (pronounced /ˈslaʊ/ ( listen)) followed by 'it'. Using the International Phonetic Alphabet it is pronounced /ˈslæθweɪt/ or /ˈslæwɨt/ (sometimes spelled Slawit), but never /ˈsleɪθweɪt/.

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History

The village was part of the Earl of Dartmouth estates, a chapelry, in the parishes of Huddersfield and Almondbury, union of Huddersfield, Upper division of the wapentake of Agbrigg and included the township of 'Lingarths' (Lingards)[1] and the Township of Slaithwaite.

In the early 19th century a local spring was discovered to contain Sulphurous properties and minerals, Similar to those found in Harrogate. Sometime after 1820 a bathing facility was built, along with a gardens and pleasure ground, with some visitor cottages. A free school was founded in 1721 and rebuilt twice, first in 1744, and again in 1842.

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