Hebden Bridge  West Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hebden Bridge like this:

HEBDEN-BRIDGE, a small town, a chapelry, and a sub-district in Halifax parish, Todmorden district, W. R. Yorkshire. The town stands in a deep valley, at the influx of the Hebden to the Calder, on the Rochdale canal and the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 5 miles E of the boundary with Lancashire, and 8 W by N of Halifax; is partly in the township of Heptonstall, partly in that of Wadsworth, partly in that of Erringden; and has a post office‡ under Manchester, a railway station with telegraph, a mechanics' institution, a news room, a public library, many large cotton factories, a silk mill, dye works, iron foundries, and a saw mill. ...

Fairs are held on Whit-Monday and 25 Sept.; and manufactures of cotton twist, calicoes, fustians, ginghams, checks, and shuttles, are carried on. The scenery in its neighbourhood is remarkably fine; and one spot, about 3 miles from it, besides being strikingly picturesque in itself, commands a panoramic view equal or superior to the best in the valleys of the Dove and the Dee.—The chapelry was constituted in 1844, and is sometimes but improperly called Mytholm. Pop. in 1861, 3, 385. Houses, 764. The property is much subdivided. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £200. Patron, the Vicar of Halifax. The church was built in 1833; and is in the pointed style, with an embattled tower. There are three chapels for Baptists, one for Wesleyans, and one for Free Methodists.—The sub-district contains the entire townships of Heptonstall, Wadsworth, and Erringden, and the lower third division of the township of Stansfield. Acres, exclusive of the Stansfield portion, 18, 389. Pop. of the whole, in 1851, 12, 462; in 1861, 10, 826. Houses, 2, 404. The decrease of pop. was caused by depression in hand loom weaving.

Hebden Bridge through time

Hebden Bridge is now part of Calderdale district. Click here for graphs and data of how Calderdale has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Hebden Bridge itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hebden Bridge, in Calderdale and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 13th June 2024

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