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MytholmroydWelcome to The Bar & Tapas. We are a small bistro, real ale & wine bar, serving dishes with influences from around the world and ingredients dic...Welcome to The Bar & Tapas. We are a small bistro, real ale & wine bar, serving dishes with influences from around the world and ingredients dictated by the freshness of the seasons. grown, produced & sourced as locally as possible. We have an extensive wine list, real ales and imported lagers to compliment your meal. We hope to see you soon
RippondenOur traditional but quirky 200-year-old pub and grill with five super guest rooms has the most wonderful surroundings of the great outdoors, pretty...Our traditional but quirky 200-year-old pub and grill with five super guest rooms has the most wonderful surroundings of the great outdoors, pretty market towns and historic attractions – right on our doorstep. We host a selection of hand-pulled real ales alongside an extensive drinks menu. We have five brand new double-size bedrooms, all with stylish en-suite bathrooms and furnished to a very high standard. Each room has a comfortable feel to ensure a restful stay at our stunning Ripponden pub. The 50-mile walking route The Calderdale Way passes through Ripponden, less than a hundred metres from The Lion.
The apparent tranquillity of Mytholmroyd belies a murky past involving an 18th century counterfeiting gang, the...
The apparent tranquillity of Mytholmroyd belies a murky past involving an 18th century counterfeiting gang, the ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’.This gang's activities were said to be so damaging that they threatened to wreck Britain's currency!
David Hartley learnt his trade as an ironworker in Birmingham, before getting into trouble and moving back to Mytholmroyd to escape the authorities. Once returned to his home at Bell House farmhouse David used ironworking as a cover to clip or file the edges from gold coins, milling the edges back so the change was all but unnoticeable, and making counterfeit coins from the shavings whilst returning the clipped coins into circulation.
The activity soon spread to other farms, with families at nearby Hill Top Farm and Keelham Farm soon becoming involved; forming the beginnings of the gang of Cragg Vale Coiners. Local publicans also helped by placing the counterfeit coins into circulation.
David Hartley seems to have been an enigmatic leader, becoming known as 'King David' Hartley. The gang’s numbers grew considerably until well over 30 individuals were involved. Rumours of the gang's activities reached the authorities, who sent an excise man named William Deighton to investigate.
One of the coiners turned King’s Evidence and betrayed the gang, leading to Hartley's arrest at an Inn in Halifax on 14th October 1769. Hartley's brother Isaac offered £100 to anybody who would kill Deighton. It is alleged that the plotters planned Deighton's murder at an Inn in Mytholmroyd called Barbary's, which is now gone, but was located on the opposite side of the road to the present day Dusty Miller.
On November 10th 1769 at Bull Close Lane near Halifax, Deighton was approached by two men, Matthew Normanton and Robert Thomas. Deighton was shot dead, his body also showing signs of having been stamped on. Just days later, the Government offered a reward of £100 for information leading to the arrest of the murderers and a pardon for anybody, bar the killers, who would turn King's Evidence.
Over 30 people were subsequently arrested, including 'King David' Hartley, who was sentenced to death on April 6th 1770 and hanged at Tynburn, near York, on April 28th. His body is buried in the graveyard of the village of Heptonstall, above Hebden Bridge. Robert Thomas was acquitted of Deighton's murder, but was later hanged in 1774 for being a highwayman. Matthew Normanton initially fled the authorities, but was later caught and hanged in 1775. Isaac Hartley was never brought to trial due to a lack of evidence and died in 1815, aged 78.
Heptonstall Museum has on display some of the original dies used by the Coiners to stamp their gold discs into coins, as well as panels telling more of their story.
The award-winning novel 'The Gallows Pole' by Ben Myers tells the Coiner's story.
RippondenOne of Yorkshire's oldest and best kept secrets, this ancient Grade II listed coaching inn has changed little in over 700 years. We serve hand-pull...One of Yorkshire's oldest and best kept secrets, this ancient Grade II listed coaching inn has changed little in over 700 years. We serve hand-pulled beer from a well-kept cellar and traditional dishes with a twist, using locally sourced meat and vegetables wherever possible. The Calderdale Way, a 50-mile walking route which circles the borough, passes right by The Old Bridge Inn, so call in for some great food and drink when you're passing by.
RippondenOver The Bridge is a detached, 18thC, Grade II Listed cottage situated in the heart of Ripponden's picturesque conservation village at the foot of ...Over The Bridge is a detached, 18thC, Grade II Listed cottage situated in the heart of Ripponden's picturesque conservation village at the foot of an ancient Packhorse bridge. The cottage overlooks the River Ryburn and has its own fishing rights. Nearby is the 'oldest pub' in Yorkshire and also St Bartholomews Church. The 50-mile waalking route The Calderdale Way passes right by us, and there are other excellent walks to be enjoyed from the village, as well as many cycle routes. After a day's activity why not sample some of the numerous pubs and restaurants in the area. We are a short driving distance from many key tourist attractions including Hebden Bridge, The Bronte Country, (home place of the Bronte Sisters), Last of the Summer Wine Country, Esholt (the birthplace of Emmerdale Farm) and, for those of you who enjoy shopping and exciting nightlife, Leeds and Manchester are only a 20 minute drive away. Why not make a special occasion of your stay with us and order wine, champagne, chocolates or flowers to be provided in your room upon arrival or even reserve a table for a bar meal in the 'oldest pub' in Yorkshire 'The Bridge Inn' dating back to the 1300's. These, or other ideas, can be arranged during the time of booking. Our aim is simply to do what we are able to do to make your stay with us as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.