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Tourist Information

Hebden Bridge Visitor
and Canal Centre

Butlers Wharf
New Road
Hebden Bridge HX7 8AF

Tel: +44 (0)1422 843831
E-mail: Visitor and Canal Centre

Tourism Guide

Tourism Guide 2014

New March 2014: With sections on this year's Tour de France, visiting Hebden Bridge, eating, drinking and shopping independently, attractions, festivals, getting and staying here, and links to more information about our 'intriguingly, creative' town.

 

Go to this page to download the leaflet, and to find more links related to the topics covered in the leaflet.

The old packhorse bridge

The old packhorse bridge

Known as the Pennine Centre, Hebden Bridge takes its name from the packhorse bridge over Hebden Water. The town developed in late medieval times as a river-crossing and meeting point of packhorse routes from Halifax to Heptonstall, Burnley and Rochdale. Textiles have been important in the Upper Calder Valley for centuries, but it was not until mechanisation and steam power were introduced from the late 18th century that Hebden Bridge began to grow significantly.

Double-decker housing

Hebden Bridge

The arrival of the canal and railway attracted industry to the valley bottoms, but with limited flat land and a growing army of textile workers, dwellings were ingeniously built on the valley sides, giving the town its characteristic double-decker housing.

Hebden Bridge has seen great change in recent years. Traditional industries are no longer a major force, but buildings have been stone-cleaned and revitalised, the Rochdale Canal has been restored, and the locality has become a desirable place to live and visit. And a centre for creativity

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