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The 121 foot (37 m) high Stoodley Pike Monument dominates the skyline above Todmorden, sitting atop Stoodley Pike, a 1,300-foot (400 m) hill The...
The 121 foot (37 m) high Stoodley Pike Monument dominates the skyline above Todmorden, sitting atop Stoodley Pike, a 1,300-foot (400 m) hill The monument was designed in 1854 by local architect James Green, and completed in 1856 at the end of the Crimean War.
The monument replaced an earlier structure, commemorating the defeat of Napoleon and the surrender of Paris. It was completed in 1815, after the Battle of Waterloo, but collapsed in 1854 after decades of weathering and a lightning strike.
You can only reach the Pike on foot, as there is no vehicular or bicycle access to the monument. Stoodley Pike is accessible by well-defined Right of Way footpaths. The Pennine Way also passes Stoodley Pike. There are many walking routes to the Pike from Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Walking guides to all these routes available from local Visitor Centres and the Heart of the Pennines online shop.
Stoodley Pike Monument contains a spiral staircase of 39 steps, accessed from its north side. If you visit, please be aware that several of the internal steps are in darkness, so it’s useful to have a torch to light your way, as there are no windows. The entrance to the balcony is on the Monument’s west face, some 40 feet above ground level. The views are well worth the walk and the climb!
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.
TodmordenTodmorden Town Hall is a fantastic Grade 1 listed building. Visit take a tour, attend an open day or hire the space and be amazed by the architect...Todmorden Town Hall is a fantastic Grade 1 listed building. Visit take a tour, attend an open day or hire the space and be amazed by the architecture. The Grade 1 listed building is home to: • An impressive ballroom • Magistrate’s Court, now Todmorden Town Council Chamber • Grand staircase • Heritage Centre For a look inside please follow the hyperlink to the GillGraphics website below.
TodmordenCentre Vale Park has been awarded the coveted Green Flag status and the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Fields status. and is located a short walk (...Centre Vale Park has been awarded the coveted Green Flag status and the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Fields status. and is located a short walk (approx 600 metres) from Todmorden town centre along the A646 Burnley Road. The route of The Calderdale Way, a 50 mile walking route which circles the borough, passes by less than a hundred metres from the park. The park and is home to 'The Lucky Dog' of Todmorden, as made famous in Derren Brown's TV show 'The Experiments' and offers visitors the chance to relax in a green, open space and to enjoy the all weather 5 -a-side football pitches, bowling greens, play area, skate park, cycle way, football pitches and The Conservatory and Animal House; which is open seven days a week between 10am - 4pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day). Centre Vale Park consists of 33 hectares of mature oak and beech woodland intersected by woodland walks and open parkland. The main body of the park landscape also includes formal memorial gardens. It is ideal for walking, sports and formal recreation, picnics and family outings. The public toilets are to the East of the park. The channelled River Calder runs along the North-eastern boundary of the park, adjacent to Burnley Road. For more information about the schedule of events in the park, please ring Todmorden Tourist Information Centre on 01706 818181
TodmordenSteeped in history, the Pennine Way National Trail chases along the mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England and offers 268 miles of the ...Steeped in history, the Pennine Way National Trail chases along the mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England and offers 268 miles of the finest upland walking in England. A once in a lifetime experience. The Pennine Way enters Calderdale at Blackstone Edge, passing Stoodley Pike, dropping down into the valley at Callis, climbing back up to Colden and over the moors to Widdop. Walkers often say this stretch of over 20 miles is one of the best on the whole route. The Trail is very well way-marked and there are some great views from the route (especially from the iconic Stoodley Pike). If you want to detour into Hebden Bridge on your way, you can use the Hebden Bridge Loop path developed in 2015.
TodmordenWelcome to our family-owned free house – a traditional pub and restaurant situated in the countryside between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden,, enjoyin...Welcome to our family-owned free house – a traditional pub and restaurant situated in the countryside between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden,, enjoying unspoiled views and within close proximity of both The Pennine Way and The Calderdale Way. Dine in a friendly relaxed atmosphere and choose from our extensive menu. To complement your food, choose one of our many fine cask ales, lagers, ciders or wines from around the world and a large range of soft drinks which include healthy options. We have several dining areas to choose from, including the traditional original pub with its stone features, beamed ceilings, brassware & pottery, the light airy large conservatory to the front with panoramic views, or the family room to the rear.
TodmordenThe Golden Lion in Todmorden is one of a kind. Psychedelic disco? Check. Monthly UFO Club meeting? Check. Star DJs? Check. This mash-up of a pub...The Golden Lion in Todmorden is one of a kind. Psychedelic disco? Check. Monthly UFO Club meeting? Check. Star DJs? Check. This mash-up of a pub/venue/Thai restaurant/community hub serves locally-sourced food with a global twist, real ales, craft beers, and quality wines. The Lion is open for breakfast, later offering home made pie and peas at lunchtime, and global food at night. Roasts are available on Sundays, with quality bands and DJs performing at the weekends. The Golden Lion has space for meetings, community groups, workshops, weddings, anything! The 50 mile walking route The Calderdale Way passes by less than 100 metres from The Golden Lion, so if you're walking the route, call in for a rest and some superb food and drink!
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.
TodmordenThe Todmorden Hippodrome is a 485 seat Edwardian variety theatre nestling in the Upper Calder Valley town of Todmorden. Owned and run by the To...The Todmorden Hippodrome is a 485 seat Edwardian variety theatre nestling in the Upper Calder Valley town of Todmorden. Owned and run by the Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (or TAODS for short!) the Hippodrome was built in 1908 and is still presenting live events today. The Hippodrome presents a wide variety of events including musicals, plays, films, live music events and is home to the Hippodrome Youth Theatre, the youth section of TAODS. The Hippodrome screens regular monthly films at their the ‘Electric Palace’ cinema, complete with popcorn, sweets and refreshments (And the bar is open for the evening films!).
TodmordenGreat Rock Co-op is owned and run by its suppliers and customers and dedicated to providing great locally-produced food and craft to the community ...Great Rock Co-op is owned and run by its suppliers and customers and dedicated to providing great locally-produced food and craft to the community around Blackshawhead and the Upper Calder Valley. Staffed by volunteers, the shop opens every Saturday at Staups Lea Farm from 10am to 2pm. You will find meat, baked goods, eggs, cheese, milk, vegetables, wine, beer, and a range of craft products – all reared, grown or made nearby. There is often a chance to meet the producers themselves, who play an active part in running the shop, and to find out more about how they work. We also stock a small range of ethically-sourced dried and tinned goods such as rice and coffee to stock up your store cupboard. Staups Lea Farm is located in breathtaking countryside, just over a hundred metres away from The Calderdale Way walking route.
TodmordenOnce the local manor house dating back to the late 16th century, this refurbished hostel on the edge of moorland is a charming place to stay. Th...Once the local manor house dating back to the late 16th century, this refurbished hostel on the edge of moorland is a charming place to stay. The Pennine Way and The Calderdale Way are close by and you’ll find an abundance of other footpaths, bridleways and packhorse trails to explore. Despite the quiet, rural location, YHA Mankinholes is within easy reach of other attractions should the weather prove inclement. Eureka!, the National Children’s Museum in Halifax, Shibden Estate, The Piece Hall, Bankfield Museum, Haworth, The Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway and Hollingworth Lake & Activity Centre are all nearby. YHA Mankinholes offers 8 bedrooms, each with a number of bunkbeds. Each bunkbed sleeps two people.
TodmordenA traditional country pub set high on the South Pennine Moors overlooking Todmorden, with plenty of fantastic home-cooked food in a friendly relaxe...A traditional country pub set high on the South Pennine Moors overlooking Todmorden, with plenty of fantastic home-cooked food in a friendly relaxed atmosphere and a great selection of cask ales, lagers, ciders or wines. Families are welcomed into the Gallery restaurant, with the children’s play area just outside the door. Anyone with dogs, or who just wants a few pints after work are wlecomed into the cosy bar area with roaring fires in winter, there is adequate space in here to eat too. And the child free Langfields is perfect for an evening with friends or an intimate dinner. The Stoodley Pike Monument, which can be seen on the hill opposite, was built to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo but fell down in 1854. The present Pike dates from 1856. If you go exploring take a torch to help climb the dark staircase on to the balcony. We are located approximately 400 metres off the route of The Calderdale Way along Lumbutts Road, so are ideally placed for you to stop, refresh and recharge with some great home-cooked food.
Starting 12th Feb 2020
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The Kitchen Sink is held on the following dates:
12th February 2020
13th February 2020
14th February 2020
15th February 2020Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society presents Tom Wells's The Kitchen Sink, an irresistibly funny and touching play - a modern family st...Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society presents Tom Wells's The Kitchen Sink, an irresistibly funny and touching play - a modern family story about big dreams, small towns and looking after each other. It shot Tom Wells, writer of Jumpers For Goalposts, to stardom, earning him multiple awards and nominations for Most Promising Playwright. Evenings 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm Tickets £12 adults, £10 concessions, except all tickets £10 on opening night. Other discounts are available, please visit the website for details. Tickets are available by calling 0333 666 3366 (Ticketsource), or on-line at www.todhip.org.