Sunday, 22 June 2014

Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge is a market town in West Yorkshire. It is in the Upper Calder Valley, 8 miles (13 km) west oHalifax and 14 miles (21 km) north-east of Rochdale, at the confluence of the River Calder and the River Hebden.

Steep hills with fast-flowing streams and access to major wool markets meant that Hebden Bridge was ideal for water-powered weaving mills and the town developed during the 19th and 20th centuries. The wool trade was served the Rochdale Canal (running from Sowerby Bridge to Manchester) and the Manchester and Leeds Railway (later the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) (running fromLeeds to Manchester and Burnley).

During the 1970s and 1980s the town saw an influx of artists, writers, photographers, musicians, alternative practitioners, teachers, Green and New Age activists and more recently, wealthier 'yuppie' types. This in turn saw a boom in tourism to the area.

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