This film takes a look at the local history of some of the picturesque and industrial villages in Calderdale using a drone, starting in the west of Calderdale at Portsmouth near Todmorden and ending in the east at Shelf, featuring 15 villages.
PORTSMOUTH and CORNHOLME
These two small villages on the western edge of Calderdale are noted for their textile manufacturing in the past, in fact the Bobbin Mill at Cornholme was the largest in the world when it was built.
LUMBUTTS and MANKINHOLES
These picturesque villages on the hillside above Todmorden contain cottages, an old mill building and a public house as well as the Stoodley Pike Monument.
Set on top of a hill, hundreds of feet above Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall is one of the most historic villages in Yorkshire, beguiling the visitor with its quiet charm.
Our next village is Midgley, it is a traditional Pennine village with a moorland-edge location on the hillside above the Calder Valley.
Hemmed in by steep sided hills this historic settlement with it’s terraced cottages and narrow streets probably originated close to where the old packhorse trail from Halifax into Lancashire crossed the Luddenden Brook.
The small village of Cragg Vale was dominated by the Hinchliffe family in years gone by and also the area is well known for the Cragg Coiners now highlighted by the TV series "Gallows Pole"
RISHWORTH and RIPPONDEN
Rishworth is a small village which is noted for it’s thriving independent, co-educational, boarding and day school, Ripponden is a picturesque village and this beautiful corner of West Yorkshire is made up of winding lanes, traditional pubs and well-conserved stone cottages.
STAINLAND and HOLYWELL GREEN
The village of Stainland lies high on a plateau near the present boundary of Calderdale and Kirklees. An economy based principally on wool and textile production led Stainland to develop as a hilltop village. Holywell Green gets its name from St Helen's Well which was known as a healing well within the area during medieval times.
Boothtown is a suburb of Halifax and its history was dominated by the mills of the textile industry, nowadays housing has replaced many of the mills and it’s population now travels large distances for work. Bankfield Museum and the Percy Shaw cat's eyes are to be found in the village.
Southowram is a village of two halves, the top and lower sections split by the green fields of Law Hill, local industries have included farming, mining for coal and stone quarrying.
The old narrow medieval route from Halifax which winds up the hillside to Northowram is known as the Hough and this partly cobbled road leads in to the village.
Shelf is the most easterly village in Calderdale and lies on the borders of Bradford with many industrial units and older buildings still in use.