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It’s all in a name…

Author: Jane Skilling
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One of River Holme Connections major projects during last year was to improve the footpath at Bottoms Mill, Holmbridge; a much loved area for walkers and steeped in industrial history.  But what’s in a name?… An enthusiastic volunteer has been finding out.

Holmbridge, as the name suggests, grew up where people were able to bridge the river Holme.  About 9 miles south of Huddersfield, it stands at the head of a steep-sided valley which runs roughly west to east.  In winter time especially, one side of the valley receives far less of the sun’s rays and is always known as ‘the frozen side’ (a polite translation from the dialect!).  Some of the cottages date from the 1700s and the valley is noted for its unique style of architecture – four decker cottages dug into the hillsides.  The bottom cottage is approached from the front, the upper cottage reached by a steep flight of stone steps leading round the back.  These upper cottages have stupendous views.

The village information above is taken from The South & West Yorkshire Village Book, written by members of the South & West Yorkshire Federation of Women’s Institutes and published by Countryside Books and appears on the Welcome to Huddersfield website

John Marius Wilson, a British writer and editor of the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-1872) described Holmbridge like this…
HOLME-BRIDGE, a village and a chapelry in Almondbury parish, W. R. Yorkshire.  The village is in Anstonley township; stands on an affluent of the river Colne, 2 miles SW of Holmfirth r. station, and 8 SSW of Huddersfield; and has a post office under Huddersfield.  The chapelry was constituted in 1842; comprises the townships of Anstonley and Holme; includes, within these townships, a large tract of the name of Hinchliff, engaged in the woollen trade; and contains the places called Digley, Longwalls, Bradshaw, Banktop, Ogley, Stubbin, Upper Knowl, Flash-House, Crow-Stubbins, Yew-Tree, Carr-Lane, Greengate, Bottoms, New Laith, Edge-End, Townend, Whitewalls, Hoowood, Greensyke, and Green Owlers. …

This extract appears in Vision of Britain website

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Thank you to our funding partners who helped improve the footpaths at Bottoms Mill and the hard work and dedication of our amazing volunteers.
The Bottoms Mill project was funded by Cobbett Environmental Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The information boards were funded by The Longley Farm Fund through One Community Foundation.

Photo is a view across the valley of how it looks today.

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