2017 is a big year for Elland. It marks 700 years since the town received a Royal Charter to hold a weekly market and be classed officially as a market town. Elland is home to The Rex Cinema, one of Britains's oldest surviving purpose-built picture houses; and an impressive selection of family-run shops gives Elland town centre a homely appeal. Victoria Mills in nearby Greetland houses Andy Thornton's, an Aladdin's cave of architectural antiques and quirky finds, together with some great independent restaurants. Greetland is also the official start of the Calderdale Way.
2017 is a big year for Elland. It marks 700 years since the town received a Royal Charter to hold a weekly market and be classed officially as a market town.
To celebrate this momentous anniversary in Calderdale’s history, a series of events will be held in the town throughout the year, led by the Elland Development Board.
The Board, which was formed last year, is made up of representatives from Calderdale Council, as well as local businesses and members of the local community. It works to bring forward regeneration working with local communities and is putting together a programme of events for 2017 celebrating Elland, looking to the future of the town as well as remembering the past 700 years.
Elland is one of the oldest settlements in Calderdale, and is even entered in the Domesday Book as Ealand, roughly meaning ‘land by the river’ in Anglo-Saxon. The town received a Royal Charter on 24 February 1317 from King Edward II allowing it to host a weekly market, as well as two fairs a year.
The town indulges in nostalgia twice over; at the Vintage Rex Cinema, complete with cinema organ and interval for ice-cream and at Joseph Dobson's, family confectioners since 1850 and 'home of the Mint Imperial'. The selection of quality,family-run shops, cafes and restaurants and the weekly outdoor market gives Elland town centre a homely appeal.
In nearby Greetland, you will find Andy Thornton Architectural Antiques, with 60,000 square feet of showroom to explore. There are also Indian, Thai and Seafood restaurants.
The 50 mile Calderdale Way footpath also starts its journey at West Vale, under the oak canopy of North Dean Woods. The route includes much exposed moorland as well as woodland paths, a short section of canal towpath and some road sections.