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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.
BarkislandLocal Family Run Farm Shop producing and selling Top Quality Home Reared Beef. Succulent Lamb, Pork, Chicken & Game. Award Winning Sausages and an ...Local Family Run Farm Shop producing and selling Top Quality Home Reared Beef. Succulent Lamb, Pork, Chicken & Game. Award Winning Sausages and an Extensive BBQ Range. Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Homemade Cakes, Pies and Pastries, Delicatessen & a wide range of cheeses, Ready Meals, Wines & Beers, Jams & Preserves, Ice Cream & Giftware. Everything from a simple tea to the Ultimate Dinner Party.
BarkislandThe Fleece Countryside Inn is a stunning pub, restaurant, hotel and wedding venue in Barkisland, Calderdale, offering splendid views over the Rybur...The Fleece Countryside Inn is a stunning pub, restaurant, hotel and wedding venue in Barkisland, Calderdale, offering splendid views over the Ryburn Valley. We are located just a short distance from the route of The Calderdale Way, the 50-mile walking route which circles the whole borough of Calderdale. Our modern Yorkshire style of cooking sees every dish made from fresh within our kitchen. Time and care has been given to every plate of food brought to your table, no matter how large or small. A past winner of Yorkshire's Favourite Pub Award at Welcome to Yorkshire's White Rose Awards , the Fleece Countryside Inn is a must-visit!
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.
MytholmroydThe Dusty Miller and Coiners Restaurant is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 18th century. We’re a family friendly hotel, bar and rest...The Dusty Miller and Coiners Restaurant is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 18th century. We’re a family friendly hotel, bar and restaurant located in the beautiful village of Mytholmroyd, just outside the popular tourist destination of Hebden Bridge. Our recently refurbished building provides a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for you to enjoy a drink, a meal or an overnight stay! In the restaurant we provide a fabulous selection of popular home cooked favourites; booking is advisable but not always essential. We cater for all tastes and dietary requirements - our kitchen allow you to customise your meals to suit your preferences. Furthermore, all our food is sourced locally within a 25 mile radius, because we believe in keeping local businesses going. Our spacious, clean and modern rooms offer single, twin, double and family rooms, with a delicious breakfast in the morning for all guests.
BarkislandWhatever your reason for visiting, you are sure to get a warm welcome from everyone here at The Griffin. Whether you are looking for a place for...Whatever your reason for visiting, you are sure to get a warm welcome from everyone here at The Griffin. Whether you are looking for a place for a quiet drink with friends or a more formal meal with your family, then The Griffin is a perfect place to come and relax. We have a delicious selection of locally sourced food featured on our menus, including some fantastic seasonal specials that are changed regularly. We also have a selection of real ales on offer, including some traditional favourites and some different guest ales. There is also a large beer garden for you to enjoy a drink in the sun!
MytholmroydThe Libertine is a bar serving the very best in real ales, real ciders, gin, wines and whiskies.The Libertine is a bar serving the very best in real ales, real ciders, gin, wines and whiskies.