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MytholmroydThe apparent tranquillity of Mytholmroyd belies a murky past involving an 18th century counterfeiting gang, the ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’. This gang's a...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 (which is now a bed & breakfast accommodation with educational facilities) 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. David’s activities 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 and 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.
Dock Pudding is a dish that, as far as we know, is only found here in Calderdale. It's made from dock leaves (from a sweet variety called Polygo...
Dock Pudding is a dish that, as far as we know, is only found here in Calderdale. It's made from dock leaves (from a sweet variety called Polygonum Bistorta or more recently Persicaria Bistorta not the more common cow dock leaves), nettles, oatmeal, onions, butter and seasoning. Resembling spinach, the pudding is fried together with bacon and eggs and served as part of a traditional English breakfast.
See below for a traditional and alternate Dock Pudding recipe!
MytholmroydWelcome to Aux Délices Bistro & Wine Bar We are a small team who are passionate about creating great food and providing top quality service in a...Welcome to Aux Délices Bistro & Wine Bar We are a small team who are passionate about creating great food and providing top quality service in a friendly, welcoming environment. Our aim is to provide the best possible dining experience. We use local ingredients whenever possible and everything is made here by our kitchen team - Head Chef Michael and Sous Chef Tatoe. Michael is Jamaican and has worked in America and in recent years the UK and Tatoe was born in Thailand but has spent most of his life here. Our menu is based around French cuisine but when you come to our restaurant you will occasionally notice the influences of Jamaican and Thai foods. We look forward to seeing you.
The stunning landscapes of Calderdale offer walks that are suitable for all ages and abilities. There’s n...
The stunning landscapes of Calderdale offer walks that are suitable for all ages and abilities. There’s no better way to immerse yourself and discover more about this beautiful area than on foot.
Read our Walking in Calderdale blog post for information aboiut guided walks, E Trails, walking guides, easy & family walking and ideas for great walking routes to follow, such as The Calderdale Way, the Pennine Way & Hebden Bridge Loop, Todmorden Centenary Way and great walks at Hardcastle Crags, Ogden Water and more!
MytholmroydThe Blue Teapot Vegetarian Cafe-Bar and Tea Room is a modern, relaxing cafe in the beautiful Pennine village of Mytholmroyd. We serve a delicio...The Blue Teapot Vegetarian Cafe-Bar and Tea Room is a modern, relaxing cafe in the beautiful Pennine village of Mytholmroyd. We serve a delicious selection of vegetarian meals, artisan coffee, loose-leaf tea, good wine, local ales...and cake of course! Vegan and Gluten-Free options will always be available, and we can cater for other dietary requirements upon request. We are committed to ethical values, and use Fairtrade and locally-sourced produce in many of our dishes. Food is always freshly prepared, and served with a smile! There is free Wi-Fi, a comfy sofa, and a lovely bookshelf with a selection of novels, board games, children's books, newspapers and magazines. We are dog-friendly, though we request that our four-legged customers use the small second room. We are also baby-friendly; we welcome breastfeeding and will happily heat up baby food on request.
Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born at 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, on the 17th August 1930. He lived there unti...
Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born at 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, on the 17th August 1930. He lived there until he was seven, when his family moved to Mexborough. During his childhood he spent many hours exploring the countryside around Mytholmroyd, and these experiences and the influences of the landscape on him were to inform much of his later poetry.
One of the greatest poets of his generation, Hughes also wrote stories, plays, reviews and essays. He translated the work of, amongst others, Ovid, Racine, Aeschylus and Euripides. He wrote extensively for children, including the story The Iron Man, which was turned into the Disney blockbuster The Iron Giant. Hughes's interests in other art forms led to many collaborations, most famously with the artist Leonard Baskin.
Although best known in the UK, Hughes was a writer of international standing. He won numerous awards throughout his career, including four for his final collection, Birthday Letters. Hughes became Poet Laureate in 1984 until his death on 28th October 1998.
MytholmroydThe Shoulder of Mutton is a traditional pub, serving real cask ales and traditional home cooked food. We pride ourselves on our delicious menu...The Shoulder of Mutton is a traditional pub, serving real cask ales and traditional home cooked food. We pride ourselves on our delicious menu – featuring all your favourite traditional pub meals, through to our Team’s seasonal specials – there is something to suit all tastes and appetites. We appreciate the value of real ale. Our bar is always well stocked with the best real ales, as well as real cider an five cask ales on draught. We also do a range of craft beer. With live music and our riverside beer garden, we are the perfect setting to enjoy a meal or a drink with friends and family!
MytholmroydConveniently situated in the charming town of Mytholmroyd, Ted's House is spacious and welcoming, the former childhood home of the late Poet Laurea...Conveniently situated in the charming town of Mytholmroyd, Ted's House is spacious and welcoming, the former childhood home of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. Ted Hughes lived here until the age of seven, with his brother and sister. Before his death in 1998, he said "My first seven years shaped everything". Camping trips with his elder brother in the rolling moors and surrounding countryside are said to have significantly influenced his poetry, making this the ideal home for budding writers or Hughes' fans to draw inspiration from the area. Beautifully furnished by an interior designer, the house has been fully renovated to incorporate a beautiful bathroom and en-suite, making it perfect for couples to share. The owner has thoughfully provided a desk and wireless broadband access in Ted's former second floor bedroom - the perfect spot to return to after exploring the area. Mytholmroyd is situated just a mile from the picturesque Hebden Bridge with bustling independent shops, quaint tea rooms, art galleries, pubs and a small cinema. The small cellar is suitable for the storage of bikes, boots etc. and one dog is welcome.
MytholmroydWelcome to The Kitchen; the creation of daydreaming, hard work and a life long affair to home-made tasty food. We get to serve simple, authentic ta...Welcome to The Kitchen; the creation of daydreaming, hard work and a life long affair to home-made tasty food. We get to serve simple, authentic tasty nosh to you, the ones who appreciate good honest food. Where possible we use local ingredients, free range eggs and locally baked bread. Our salads, slaw and sandwiches are crafted daily on site using fresh produce & our cakes are lovingly baked on site. We carefully selected our rainbow alliance italian espresso arabica bean coffee, which equally matches our passion when it comes to authenticity & taste; and our commitment to ethical values. We are dog friendly (well-behaved humans also welcome!), and are also baby friendly and welcome breastfeeding mums. We are open for breakfast, hot & cold lunches and cakes throughout the day, perfect for meeting a friend or adopting an alternative office space. Our specialities include home made authentic curries and celebration cakes. We are wheelchair friendly and have a wheelchair accessible bathroom too. We like to get creative when it comes to these so drop us a message or contact us for further details. We gladly provide sandwich and hot/cold buffet drop-offs for your place of work or special occasion. Just contact us for further details.