Huddersfield, city (1991 pop. 147,825), Kirklees metropolitan district, N central England, on the Colne River. Its textile industry, including cotton, woolen, and rayon goods, is important. Other products are machinery, iron goods, chemicals, and dyed fabrics. Historically, the proximity of coal and transportation facilities by river, canal, and rail contributed greatly to Huddersfield's development. The history of the city dates back to Roman times.