The cobbled lanes of Heptonstall, a weavers' village high up on the hills above Hebden Bridge, have remained unchanged for around 200 years. With two pubs, a small post office and very pleasant café offering lunches and teas, this tiny village is popular with walkers and is regarded as one of Yorkshire's best kept secrets. Heptonstall churchyard is one of the most fascinating in the country, containing two churches, the imposing ruins of St Thomas a Becket (destroyed in a great storm in 1847) and the present church, St Thomas the Apostle. The graveyard reportedly contains the remains of over 100,000 people!
In the Old Grammar School Building you will find Heptonstall Museum, exploring the changing importance of the village and the surrounding area from prehistoric times to present day. Discover the intriguing story of the Cragg Vale Coiners, who produced counterfeit currency and even committed murders to conceal their illegal trade.
Hebden Bridge Mill stood beside the original timber packhorse bridge across the River Hebden, which preceded the stone ‘Old Bridge’ which remains today. Today the Mill is home to Innovations Café & Mill Shop, which offers a wide range of ethically sourced goods and wholesome locally sourced food and includes a giant working waterwheel! Information panels inside the Mill tell its fascinating story.
Grade II listed Hebden Bridge Town Hall is one of a handful of community-owned Town Halls in the UK and is a symbol of what a community can do when it pulls together with common ambition and vision. Dating from 1897, the original council office is a Victorian building with a rich history and in 2012 a £3.7m major development opened, which sits alongside and beautifully complements the original building.