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Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion : Foldout

SideTrack : Hebden Bridge ...

Entries beginning Hebden Bridge ... and The Hebden Bridge ... are gathered together in this Sidetrack.

Hebden Bridge
District of Calderdale to the west of Halifax on the Rochdale Canal and at the junction of Hebden Water and the Calder

Hebden Bridge A. F. C
Association football club recorded around 1914, when Lewis Armstrong was a player

Hebden Bridge Agricultural Show
Recorded in 1900, when it was held at Calder Holmes Park.

During World War I, the show was suspended and was revived on 31st May 1919.

See Doc Shire

Hebden Bridge Ambulance Association
Daniel Jones Crossley was the first – and only – President

Hebden Bridge & Calder Valley Agricultural Society
Recorded in 1911, when their 9th Annual Show was held at Calder Holme, Hebden Bridge

See Sir Charles Robertshaw

Hebden Bridge & District Band of Hope Union
Succeeded the Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall Temperance Society. The society was established at Cross Lane Methodist Chapel in 1859.

Closed in March 1952.

See Band of Hope

Hebden Bridge & District Farmers' Association Limited
Recorded in 1917 at Station Yard, Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge & District Jubilee Fund
Established in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

See Hebden Bridge Nursing Institute

Hebden Bridge & District Master Painters

The Hebden Bridge & District News
Published by W. Waddington & Sons. Recorded in 1907

Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall Temperance Society
A temperance society formed in 1852.

In the local elections of 1894, the Temperance Association put up 7 candidates who wanted the Hole in the Wall, Hebden Bridge to close. Only 1 was returned.

Evolved into the Hebden Bridge & District Band of Hope Union

Hebden Bridge & Mytholmroyd Gas Board
Recorded on 20th April 1908, when Councillor James Simpson was re-elected Chairman

Hebden Bridge & Mytholmroyd Gas Company
Formed in 1838.

See Hebden Bridge Gas Company

Hebden Bridge & Todmorden Advertiser & General News-letter

Hebden Bridge & Todmorden Historical Almanack

Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre
Dunkley House, Albert Street

Hebden Bridge Arts Centre
In the former Ebenezer Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Association Football Club

Officers of the Club have included

See Hebden Bridge AFC Memorial

Hebden Bridge Bachelor Club
Founded in 1927 by Edward Thomas

Hebden Bridge Band

Hebden Bridge Board of Health
Established in 18??

Hebden Bridge Bowling Club
Near Hardcastle Crags. Established around 1898.

Recorded in 1913, when the membership was 130

Hebden Bridge British Legion

See Hebden Bridge British Legion Memorial

Hebden Bridge British Restaurant
British restaurant opened in 1941/2

Hebden Bridge Camera Club
Established in 19??. This was originally the Calder Camera Club

Hebden Bridge Cattle Market
This was a fortnightly market. The site became the car park for the Stubbing Wharf Hotel

Hebden Bridge Choral & Harmonic Society
Established in 1883. Daniel Jones Crossley was the first President.

Recorded in 1897

Hebden Bridge Choral Society
Established in 18??

The Hebden Bridge Chronicle
Newspaper. First published in 1853 by William Garforth. It ceased publication on 6th December 1856.

It is recorded in 1881

Question: When was the paper resurrected after its demise in 1856?


See Antiquarian and Hebden Chronicle

Hebden Bridge: Churches & Chapels

Hebden Bridge Cinema Section
A section of the Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society.

Their productions include

  • Small Fry [1952]
  • Several short films about and around Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Circuit
The Methodist circuit was formed in 1862 with Salem Wesleyan Chapel as its head

Hebden Bridge Civic Hall

Hebden Bridge Coffee & Cocoa House Company Limited
3 Bridge Street, Hebden Bridge. The company was registered in July 1880.

At a special meeting on 2nd June 1888, it was decided to wind up the company

Hebden Bridge Community Association
See Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Hebden Bridge Conservative Offices
Commercial Street. The Offices are attached to Southcliffe House, Hebden Bridge. Both buildings are listed

Hebden Bridge constables
The Foldout lists some of the people who have served as Police Officers in Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Constitutional Club
Recorded in 1905 and 1917 at 6 Albert Street.

Recorded in 1912, when the membership was 299.

In 1917, Herbert Henry Pepper was secretary

Hebden Bridge Co-operative Hall
Albert / Cheetham Street.

On 1st May 1908, they were refused a stage-play licence by the West Riding General Purposes Committee

Hebden Bridge Co-operative Society Reading Room
Recorded in 1905 at Crown Street / St George's Square

Hebden Bridge Cotton & Commercial Company Limited
Recorded in 1861 at Hebden Bridge when James Bottomley was Secretary, and in 1874 when they were at Calder Mill, Hebden Bridge and S. Lumb was Secretary.

The company was registered in September 1882

Hebden Bridge Cricket Club
See White Rose Archery Club

Hebden Bridge District Nurses' Home
Recorded in 1905 at New Road, Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Dramatic Section
A section of the Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society. This later became Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

Hebden Bridge Economic Stores
A branch of Economic Stores (Halifax) Limited. Opened in 1???. It was opposite the Shoulder of Mutton, Hebden Bridge. The building is now occupied by a ladies' fashion shop.

A branch on Albert Street opened in 1???

Hebden Bridge Estate Company Limited
Registered 27th July 1891.

The had capital of £50,000 in £10 shares

Hebden Bridge Fire Station
The old fire station formed a part of Hebden Bridge UDC Offices.

The fire station at Hangingroyd – built at a cost of £15,000 and opened on 7th May 1966.

It closed in 2006.

In June 2009, it was demolished and a car park created on the site.

See Mytholmroyd Fire Station

Hebden Bridge Floral & Horticultural Society
Established on 3rd March 1880

Hebden Bridge Fustian Manufacturing Co-operative Society Limited
Aka the Fustian Co-op.

This was a successful workers' co-operative established in 1870 by a group of workers for the production and sale of fustian

Hebden Bridge Garden Club
Recorded in 1913, when the membership was 40

Hebden Bridge Gas Company
The gas company was formed at the Crow Nest Works in 1852.

In 1874, William Blackburn was Manager.

Hebden Bridge Gas Works was completed in 1912.

See Hebden Bridge & Mytholmroyd Gas Company

Hebden Bridge Golf Club
Mount Skip

Hebden Bridge Industrial Co-operative Society Limited
Established in 1848. The first premises were a small cottage at the corner of High Street and Heptonstall Road.

See Heptonstall Co-operative Society

Hebden Bridge Liberal Club
Crown Street.

The Club was built in 1899 [?]. It was designed by Jesse Horsfall.

The corner stones were laid by Daniel Jones Crossley in 1893.

Members and Officers of the Club have included

In the 1950s, it became Hebden Bridge Civic Hall.

Around 1980, it became the Greenwood Inn.

Hebden Bridge Library
Hope Street / Cheetham Street, Hebden Bridge. The first library was established at the former Hope Street Sunday School, Hebden Bridge.

On 8th June 1903, Andrew Carnegie gave £2,000 for the construction of a free library at Hebden Bridge.

In 1908, the building was extended.

On 20th March 1934, a new branch library opened, the first in the town.

The library was restored in 2010

Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society
See Picture House, Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society
Originally, the Hebden Bridge General Society was formed on 4th December 1905 by William Nowell. Other sections were subsequently formed:

See Edward Binney Gibson and Dent Sutcliffe

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre
Established by the Hebden Bridge Dramatic Section. The 300-seat theatre opened on 18th September 1937 with a production of Hail, Nero – written by Mary Stocks – which was applauded for its impressive burning of Rome

The modern theatre has a capacity of 120

Hebden Bridge Local History Section
A section of the Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society formed in 1950.

It subsequently became the Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Hebden Bridge Male Voice Choir
Established in 18??.

Members included James Willie Barker and Clement Speak

Hebden Bridge Marina
Canal basin on the Rochdale Canal

Hebden Bridge Market
See Markets

Hebden Bridge Mechanics' Institute
A Mechanics' Institute established in 1838. Recorded in 1905 at 34 Commercial Street

Hebden Bridge: Mills

The Hebden Bridge Monthly Chronicle
Started in 1853. Closed on 6th December 1856

Hebden Bridge Musical Society
Established 1881. T. Law of Todmorden was their first conductor

Hebden Bridge Nursing Institute
Established around 1897. Funded by the Hebden Bridge & District Jubilee Fund. They were at 10 Croft Terrace, Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Nursing Institution

Hebden Bridge Oddfellows
Recorded in 1834, when they opened the Loyal Rose Lodge [No 808]

Hebden Bridge Overseers of the Poor
The Foldout lists some of the people who have served as Overseer of the Poor for Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Parish Church

Hebden Bridge, Parish of
Created in 1844.

See St James the Great Church, Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Parliamentary Debating Society
Recorded in 1883

Hebden Bridge Photographic Section
A section of the Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society which was established in 1906. In 1960, it broke away to became the Calder Camera Club

Hebden Bridge Picture House
New Road. The cinema was designed by John Thomas Cockcroft It was opened in July 1921 by a group of local businessmen trading under the name of Thistle Holme Estate Company. It can seat 493 people.

It closed in 1964 as cinema attendances fell.

It was reopened privately, and was used by the Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society, amongst others.

In November 1972, Hebden Royd Town Council bought the building. When it subsequently passed to Calderdale Council, major refurbishment was carried out and over £50,000 was spent on stone cleaning, rewiring and new facilities.

In September 1996, when closure threatened, The Friends of Hebden Bridge Picture House was formed to save and promote the cinema.

It is now run by Calderdale MBC, and is one of the largest civic-owned cinemas in the country.

The building and neighbouring shops are listed.

See Royal Electric Theatre & Hippodrome, Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Pierrots
19th/20th century entertainers

Hebden Bridge Police Station
Hope Street.

In January 1863, a grant of £650 was recommended to build a police station at Hebden Bridge. The first stone was laid on 28th September 1863.

In September 2012, this was one of a number of local police stations which were to be closed and sold off in order to cut costs.

Hebden Bridge Post Office
This has been recorded at several times

  • In January 1845, at the White Lion when Thomas Patchett was postmaster
  • In January 1861, when Thomas Knowles Hey, a chemist and druggist, was postmaster
  • A Post Office Savings Bank was opened in September 1861
  • In April 1877, it was at David Heap's premises
  • In February 1897, William Cockcroft retired as postmaster
  • On 5th March 1908, when A. T. Thompson left
  • On 14th May 1908, Arthur Smith of Northampton was appointed postmaster

Hebden Bridge Prize Brass Band
They had their headquarters at the Hole in the Wall, Hebden Bridge for some time. In September 1911, they won the English Brass Band Championship at Belle Vue, Manchester.

See Sunday Sing

Hebden Bridge: Pubs & Inns

Hebden Bridge Railway Station
The station opened in 1840 for the Lancashire & Yorkshire line from Normanton. Built on the site of Crow Nest Farm.

Rev James Armytage Rhodes insisted that the station should be at least 1 mile from his home at Mytholm Hall.

A wooden trellis bridge was built to allow passengers to cross the Calder. In 1850, this was replaced by the Victoria Bridge

The first train arrived at the station on 5th October 1840.

The Summit to Littleborough section was completed later in the year – see Summit Tunnel.

The station was used for visitors to Hardcastle Crags. There were special excursions from the station. A horse-bus service carried passengers on to Keighley and Skipton.

On 7th March 1908, the Shunters' Cabin at the station burned down.

On 7th January 1928, the wife of the stationmaster was killed by a motor car.

Most of the buildings at the station are listed.

See Railway Hotel, Hebden Bridge, Alice Wood and Henry Woollven

Hebden Bridge Rats Motor Cycle Club

Hebden Bridge Rotary Club
See Millennium Clock, Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Rugby Club

Recorded around 1914, when Lewis Armstrong was a player

Hebden Bridge School Board
School Board set up in August 1874.

On 11th November 1890, a School Board was formed for Hebden Bridge, Blackshaw, Erringden, Heptonstall, Mytholmroyd, and Wadsworth.

See Rev William Jones

Hebden Bridge: Schools

Hebden Bridge Sculpture Trail
An art event at Hardcastle Crags which began in 1995. Works by artists – including local community groups, practising artists, graduates and undergraduates – are displayed around the woodland for 4 weeks in July each.

The aim of the trail is to provide a forum in which artists can test notions of what contemporary landscape might mean for them and the production of their work.

The 2005 Trail was the last to be presented. In its 10-year life, over 300 artists contributed to the event.

See Hebden Bridge Sculpture Trail

Hebden Bridge General Society
Established by William Nowell. Became the Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society

Hebden Bridge Spiritualist Lyceum
Founded in 1904.

See William Greenwood, Hebden Bridge Spiritualist Society and Hebden Bridge Spiritualist War Memorial

Hebden Bridge Spiritualist Society
Founded by William Greenwood and his wife Jessy [1903].

See Hebden Bridge Spiritualist Lyceum

Hebden Bridge Station

Hebden Bridge Straw Race
An annual event in which competitors race carrying a 40 lb bale of straw up the Buttress

The Hebden Bridge Times & Gazette
Aka Hebden Bridge Times & Calder Vale Gazette. Formerly the Calder Vale Gazette. It was published weekly by Kershaw & Ashworth.

It sold at 1d in 1899.

The Hebden Bridge offices were in the former Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The present offices [2010] are in Crown Street, Hebden Bridge.

One of the remaining local newspapers.

Joint-editors of the Hebden Bridge Times and the Todmorden News have included Kenneth Lord, Roy Greenwood [1976], Jim Dumsday [1980], John Wheatcroft [1984], Pat Swift [1987], and Sheila Tordoff [1995].

See Roy Greenwood and Hebden Bridge Today Website

Hebden Bridge Today
The website of the Hebden Bridge Times

Hebden Bridge Toll Bar
Toll gate at the junction of New Road (A646) and Keighley Road (A6033) 

Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre
Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge town centre. In 2003, the centre moves into the canal interpretation centre

Hebden Bridge Town Hall
St George's Street. Aka Hebden Bridge Council Offices.

In the early 1890s, the Council acquired the site with the intention of building public baths. The scheme was abandoned.

The Hebden Royd UDC Offices were built in 1897. The original designs, by Sutcliffe & Sutcliffe, for a larger and grander Jacobean building were modified because the Council though it too expensive. After some delays, the building opened on 11th May 1898. The old fire station formed a part of the building.

In 2009, the building was given to Hebden Bridge Community Association, with a view to put new life into the property.

See Hebden Bridge Council Offices

Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Holme Street.

It opened on 26th November 1924.

The Club is recorded in 1916.

Question: Can anyone clarify these 2 dates?


It is still [2012] a popular venue for folk singers and performers, including Mike Harding.

The building is said to be haunted by a benevolent ghost called Walter

Hebden Bridge Urban District Council
Hebden Bridge District Board was set up in November 1866.

In 1937, it amalgamated with Mytholmroyd Urban District Council to become Hebden Royd Urban District Council.

See Urban District Council

Hebden Bridge, Vicars of

Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre

Hebden Bridge Wharf

Hebden Bridge Working Men's Club, Hebden Bridge
Recorded in 1913, when the membership was 100

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