The ancient village of Heptonstall sits on top of a steep hill on the north side of the Calder Valley, overlooking Hebden Bridge. The village once thrived in the woollen trade until the end of the 18th century when water and then steam powered mills determined that the industry was located in the tributary valleys of the Calder.
In the centre of this charming villlage lies Heptonstall Museum, situated in the Old Grammar School Building. Heptonstall Grammar School was established in 1642, the present building was rebuilt in 1771, where it continued to be used as a school until 1889. In 1898 it became the Yorkshire Penny Bank whose staff were careful to preserve some of the original features of the school: including a black oak desk at which pupils took their lessons which can still be found inside the Museum today.
If you take a visit to the Museum, you will discover the interior of a weaver's cottage and displays of other local industries such as clogmaking. The museum also illustrates the domestic life of the villagers, with objects such as lump head irons and havercake boards alongside photgraphs of the local football team at the turn of the century and visits made to the local leisure site - Hardcastle Craggs.
Heptonstall is an ideal starting point for exploring the intimate and charming village.