It had already become a large district in the Victorian era as new housing was provided for the expanding industrial town, but in recent years it has been extended even further, for more than a mile, by modern housing development along the Grimescar Valley.
Historically Birkby was the location for some of Huddersfield's best known businesses including soft drink manufacturer Ben Shaws and valve-making company Hopkinson's, later taken over by the Weir Group.
The former Hopkinson's industrial site has now also been put to housing use.
There are still industrial premises and business headquarters in parts of the area and a vibrant shopping area.
Birkby has a pharmacy in Grimscar Avenue.
Birkby has a wide selection of takeaways catering for all tastes.
Birkby has an Asian restaurant. Pub food can also be found.
The Spinks Nest is in Blacker Road.
Magic Rock Tap is at the Willow Park Business Centre, Willow Lane.
Birkby and Fartown Community Centre is in Wasp Nest Road, Fartown. Birkby Children's Centre is also located there.
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Norman Park is a small and secluded park with playing field, play equipment and war memorial between Birkby Hall Road, Norman Road and Halifax Road.
Oakfield Tennis and Bowling Club is in Beechfield Road.
Birkby Junior School is in Mead Street, Fartown.
Birkby Infant and Nursery School is in Blacker Road North, Birkby.
St John the Evangelist Church, built between 1852 and 1853, is in St John's Road.
St Cuthbert Church, Birkby, founded in 1913, is in Grimscar Avenue and has facilities for worship and community events.
Vajrapani Kadampa Meditation Centre (Buddhist) is in Wheathouse Road in a building previously used by Birkby Baptist Church.
Markazi Jamia Masjid Riza Islamic Centre is in Halifax Old Road.
Civil parish councilThere is no civil parish council for this area, which prior to 1974 was in the Huddersfield County Borough.
Metropolitan district councilsBirkby is in the Greenhead ward of Kirklees Council.
Kirklees Council website
384 385 ↓ 384 ↑ 385
Monday to Saturday daytime
385 is reverse of 384 route above.
Evening & Sunday: Huddersfield - Brighouse 549 Monday to Saturday daytime: Huddersfield - Halifax. Evening & Sunday: Rastrick (Nunnery Lane) - Halifax.
Rastrick - Brighouse -
Hipperholme - Halifax
549 (and 548 Rastrick-Halifax) at
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