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Sowerby Bridge is a market town in the Upper Calder Valley in Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England.

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Sowerby Bridge is situated about 3 miles (4.8 km) from Halifax town centre. It is at the confluence of the River Calder and River Ryburn, and the name Sowerby Bridge references its situation as a crossing point over the River Calder to the older settlement at Sowerby.

The town is served by Sowerby Bridge railway station, which sees a regular service to Manchester, Bradford and Leeds on the Caldervale Line.

The town is at the junction of the Calder and Hebble Navigation and the Rochdale Canal; Tuel Lane Lock on the Rochdale Canal is the deepest lock in the United Kingdom. The canal basin and warehouses where the canals meet, Sowerby Bridge Wharf, are listed buildings and house a number of restaurants. The basin is the headquarters of the 12th Halifax Sea Scouts (M.o.D. No. 54 Royal Navy recognised) where Prince Charles opened the William Andrew Memorial Headquarters.

Sowerby Bridge features in George Gissing’s 1890 novel The Emancipated as the hometown of the protagonist Ross Mallard.

The canal basin was used as a filming location for the ITV comedy-drama Stay Lucky, and the ITV drama Dead Clever was set in the town. The 2014 BBC One drama Happy Valley was set in Sowerby Bridge and parts of the series were filmed in and around the town. Catherine’s workplace is a former police station. The series writer and director Sally Wainwright grew up in Sowerby Bridge.

Sowerby Bridge Accommodation

The Barn at Crow Hill Shaw Farm

The Barn at Crow Hill Shaw Farm, Crow Hill Shaw Farm, Triangle, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 3EZ, United Kingdom

The Barn at Heath Hall Farm

The Barn at Heath Hall Farm, Heath Hall Farm, Shaw Lane, Norland, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 3RN, United Kingdom

Calder Cottage

Calder Cottage, 24 Edward Street, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 2NG, United Kingdom

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Where Next?

Take a trip to Todmorden, or visit the busier town of Halifax – of particular interest to families is the amazing National Children’s Museum, at Eureka, so good on a rainy day for little ones.