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Hebden Bridge. Wintery Walks.

February 7, 2012

I found my way to Hebden Bridge with some friends on Saturday.  For those of you who don’t know this town it’s is on the Yorkshire side of the Pennine Hills.

Not long ago, it was a small mill town producing wool and woollen goods.  By the end of the sixties, the town was in bad shape.  Shops were empty and blocks of terraced houses were being pulled down. During the seventies and eighties the town was repopulated by a motley mixture of artists, writers, photographers, musicians, alternative practitioners, teachers, green and New Age activists and more recently, wealthier yuppy types.  The area has a rich literary history.  The Bronte sisters wrote their famous novels just a few miles away in Haworth, the American poet, Sylvia Plath is buried at Heptonstall on the hill overlooking Hebden Bridge and the poet laureate, Ted Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd, two miles away.  As you can see the snow started coming down as we got there, the ducks didn’t seem to mind too much and it did help to make it even more atmospheric.

There was great shop selling weird and wonderful memorabilia called Feathergill’s Emporium.  It had many old tins for vapour remedies and some beautiful old chemist-shop shelving inside.  Also a collection of stuffed toys and modern reproduction vintage children’s board games.  Upstairs, tea room and crockery so something for everyone !

Hebden Bridge was an obvious destination for those wanting to escape the cities because life here can be a fine mixture of the urban and rural.  The water from the hills powered the first mills of the Industrial Revolution.   There are some picturesque views along the canal just minutes from the town centre.

After all that cold we warmed up with some lovely zingy natural drinks and veggie food from Greens.

A little more retail therapy came in the form of the very smart Sung Gallery, where you can pick up contemporary ceramics, a lovely print or some wonderful hand made paper pop ups from my good friend Sarah Morpeth.  A little further along the road was an amazing lighting shop called Radiance run by designer / maker Hannah Nunn, who kindly let me take these photos of her shop to show you.

I noticed there were some fab Angie Lewin lampshades in there too, very tempting.  Finally just time to look at the outside of the Arts Centre.  The building appears to have been around since 1777 and the sundial 1853.  It looked very christmassy with it’s lights.

There’s so much more there that I didn’t have time to capture, so I think a return journey once the snow has gone will be in order.  A great place with so much going on.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2012 10:43 am

    Lovely blog, again! I love Hannah’s work, spotted it at the BCTF in 2005, when I exhbited there.

    Alison

    • February 7, 2012 11:15 am

      Thanks again Alison. Yes Hannah’s work has a beautiful glow to it.

  2. February 7, 2012 12:44 pm

    What a lovely post about Hebden Bridge. Glad you had a nice day! It’s very pretty in the snow…well actually it’s pretty all year round 🙂 Thanks so much for the mention and your lovely photos! You took some nice ones. I love the duck footrpints!

    See you next visit!

    Hannah x

    • February 7, 2012 1:15 pm

      Thanks Hannah, glad you liked the images. It was a great day and I’ll definitely be back. Cheers Craig

  3. SueL permalink
    February 10, 2012 4:07 pm

    Lovely to see your post about Hebden Bridge, it is a great place to live and your photos captured some of the spirit of the place.I love living here.

    • February 10, 2012 5:49 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment Sue, and all the more relevant coming from a HB local. Much appreciated.

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