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Holmfirth

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Holmfirth is a small town on the A6024 Woodhead Road in the Holme Valley, within the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. Centred upon the confluence of the Holme and Ribble rivers, Holmfirth is 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Huddersfield and 13 miles (21 km) northeast of Glossop. It mostly consists of stone-built cottages nestled in the Pennine hills. The Peak District National Park around Holme Moss is 4 miles (6.4 km) to the south of the town.

 

HISTORY

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The town originally grew up around a corn mill and bridge in the 13th century. Three hundred years later Holmfirth expanded rapidly as the growing cloth trade grew and the production of stone and slates from the surrounding quarries increased. The present parish church was built in 1778 after the church built in 1476 was swept away in a flood the previous year. In 1850 Holmfirth railway station opened, on the branch line.

 

economy

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Holmfirth's economy is dominated by rural and tourism activities. . A successful bid for lottery funding helped create new opportunities in the area. Tourism economic activity is increasing with several accommodation and tourist pursuits developing in the town including booking software to manage and market accommodation. New holiday accommodation includes that linked to the new Winery in Cartworth Moor.

 

transport links

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Offering an enviable commuter location with Manchester 24 miles away, Leeds 29 miles, Sheffield 23 miles and Wakefield only 19 miles with its high speed train route to London.  Nearest stations are Brockholes (2.9 mi),  Stocksmoor (4.0 mi) & Shepley (4.4 mi)

Holmfirth bus station has regular bus services take varying routes around the outlying villages and to Huddersfield's bus and railway stations. Additional services run to the town, from Barnsley, Sheffield and Wakefield via Denby Dale or Penistone.

 

schooling

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Huddersfield Grammar School is a thriving independent school in the heart of West Yorkshire. Set in beautiful grounds, they cater for children in their early years and nursery ages, right through to prep and senior school.

The nearest 6  state nursery, infant and junior schools are all rated good or outstanding. These schools are from 0.6 to 1.8 miles away. Holmfirth High School is also rated good and is 2.9 miles away.

 

attractions

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With it's breathtaking scenery across the Holme Valley, Holmfirth is popular with walkers and wildlife enthusiasts alike, and there are some wonderful attractions to be seen in the town itself.

Holmfirth is also home to a wide range of eating places, including restaurants, wine bars, pubs take-aways that cater for a wide variety of tastes. Holmfirth is one of the most popular and much loved destinations in West Yorkshire, with many visitors.

 

 

culture

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Holmfirth Choral Society hold regular classical choral music concerts in Holmfirth Civic Hall and the Holme Valley Orchestra plays throughout the year. The town is particularly associated with an unusual choral folk song, known as the Holmfirth Anthem.

Holmfirth's Film Festival and Festival of Folk are held every May, and its Arts Festival takes place over two weeks in June. The town's cinema, the Picturedrome, which opened in 1912 as the Valley Theatre, is now a live music venue and has been nominated for the NME Best Small Venue. It hosts various music events.

Holmfirth Art Week, with its July exhibition in the Civic Hall, raises money for Macmillan Cancer Relief.

The Holmfirth Festival of Folk takes place in May each year, featuring a wide selection of Folk Music and Folk Dance acts.

The Holme Valley Brass Band Contest takes place each year.

 

sport

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On 6 July 2014 Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France, from York to Sheffield, passed through the town. The event was televised internationally and attracted huge crowds cheering the riders through the town. Holmfirth Cycling Club was formed in 2013 and, with over 400 members by 2016 became the fastest growing cycling club in the UK.

The idea for The Tour de Yorkshire was the legacy from the Tour De France and started in May 2015. The first two stages of the 2014 Tour, from Leeds to Harrogate, and York to Sheffield, were nicknamed Le Tour de Yorkshire. It is promoted by the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and is rated as a 2.1 event as part of the UCI Europe Tour. From 2015 to 2017 it was a three day race and in 2018 will expand to four days starting on Thursday 3 May to Sunday 6 May.

 

last of the summer wine

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Holmfirth (and the surrounding countryside) was the setting for the BBC's long-running comedy Last of the Summer Wine. Thousands of tourists flock to the area each year to enjoy scenery and locations familiar from the series. Filming of the TV Slaithwaite-based drama, Where the Heart Is, had also taken place in and around the area.

 

of note

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Holmfirth was the home of Bamforth & Co Ltd,  who were early pioneers of film-making, before they abandoned the business in favour of postcards. Bamforth and Co. produced what the British Film Institute describes as 'a modest but historically significant collection of films. Bamforth & Co were well known for their cheeky seaside postcards.

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