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Coordinates: 53°34′12″N 1°47′13″W / 53.570°N 1.787°W / 53.570; -1.787

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Holmfirth viewed from Cliffe Lane, above Holmfirth
Holmfirth is located in West Yorkshire

 Holmfirth shown within West Yorkshire
Population 1,980 [1]
OS grid reference SE142081
Parish Holme Valley
Metropolitan borough Kirklees
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HD9
Dialling code 01484
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Colne Valley
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Holmfirth is a small town located 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 (10 km) south of Huddersfield and broadly consists of stone-built cottages nestled in the Pennine hills. The Peak District National Park around Holme Moss borders the south of the town.



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, part of branch line built by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company.

Holmfirth was the home of Bamforths, who were well known for their cheeky seaside postcards - although around the time of the First World War, they produced postcards of a more sober nature. The printing works on Station Road has now been converted into residential flats.

The Bamforths were early pioneers of film-making, before they abandoned the business in favour of postcards. During the early 1900s Holmfirth was well-known for film making; the West Yorkshire film industry, for a time, surpassed that of Hollywood in terms of productivity and originality. Interestingly ancient documents have the town's name spelt 'Holm Frith' which can be translated as 'Holly Wood', though the word "Firth" is an old English name meaning 'wood and woodland' indicating the name means Holme woods.



There are a number of instances when flooding has occurred in the Holme Valley affecting Holmfirth and other settlements in the valley. The earliest recorded Holmfirth Flood was in 1738[2] and the most recent was 1944. The most severe flood occurred early on the morning of 5 February 1852, when the embankment of the Bilberry Reservoir collapsed causing the deaths of 81 people. Following a severe storm in 1777 the River Holme burst its banks, sweeping away people and property with the loss of three lives; the stone church built in 1476, was also swept away. A storm in 1821 again caused the river to burst its banks. The flooding on the night of 29 May, 1944 was not nationally reported and it was then overshadowed by the D-Day landings the following week.


Holmfirth (and the surrounding countryside) is 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.

The former Lodge's supermarket building had been sitting empty in the heart of the town since the Co-op moved to new premises in Crown Bottom. Lodge's was built in the 1970s by the prominent local grocery company. It was opened by Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn and occupied an unusual location over the River Holme beside the town's small bus station. Lodge's was bought in the 1990s by Co-operative Retail Services who eventually closed the store down in 1997, after investing in a brand new £2m supermarket for the town. Local residents, led by the Holme Valley Business Association, campaigned for its demolition. Their campaign was featured in the 2005 Channel 4 documentary, Demolition. The building is now undergoing extensive modernisation into several smaller shops, with some planned accommodation on the top floor.

A regular farmers' market is held year round on the third Sunday in the month in the market hall and features local and organic produce.



Holmfirth used to have its own branch line, off the Huddersfield to Sheffield line (commonly referred to as the Penistone Line), this short, 2 mile (3 km), line branched from the mainline just south of the village Brockholes. A viaduct took the line across the valley and into Thongsbridge where a station was sited. The line then went along the side of the valley coming to a halt just outside the town centre on Station Road. Plans did exist for the line to be extended up the valley and then tunnel under Black Hill to join the Sheffield to Manchester line near Woodhead. The line closed to passengers in 1959, with goods traffic lasting until 1965. The station building and platform still remain as a private house. Other sections of the line further down the valley have been sold off for private housing and the viaduct, crossing the valley between Woodlands and Brockholes has been demolished, though the small section spanning the A616 road at Scar End still remains.


The bus station is located in the centre of Holmfirth from which 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. Most services are operated by First Calderdale & Huddersfield, using the town's bus station. Weekend and Bank Holiday services operate to Glossop in north Derbyshire.

In October 2006, First bus services were re-branded as the 'Holmfirth Connection' following the re-routing of services from the Holme Valley to call at Huddersfield railway station. Integrated ticketing was introduced which makes it possible to travel to Dewsbury, Leeds or Manchester with a single ticket bought onboard the bus.[3]


The Holmfirth Artweek is an annual event which showcases the talents of local artists, while also raising money for the Macmillan Cancer Support.

Holmfirth is home to the galleries of two internationally acclaimed artists: Ashley Jackson FRSA[4] and Trevor Stubley RP RBA RSW RWS.[5]

The Holmfirth Festival (Pennine Festival of Music and Dance) and the separate Holmfirth Festival of Folk usually take place between April and June.

The Holmfirth Choral Society hold classical choral music concerts, on a regular basis, in Holmfirth Civic Hall.

The cinema in the town is known as the Picturedrome and regularly hosts music events; in the past acts such as Bad Manners, Saxon, Joe Bonamassa, Fish, Walter Trout and Robin Trower have performed.

Surrounding villages

Holmfirth constitutes a town of its own almost seven miles (11 km) south of the larger town of Huddersfield. While the town Holmfirth itself is comparatively small, it is surrounded by several hamlets and villages. These neighbouring settlements are often collectively referred to as "Holmfirth" and include:- Austonley, Arrunden, Burnlee, Cinderhills, Cliff, Deanhouse, Gully, Flushhouse, Hade Edge, Thongsbridge, Upperthong and Washpit, Many of which are located on Cartworth Moor.

Other villages and hamlets within the Holmfirth post town include:- Brockholes, Fulstone, Jackson Bridge, Hepworth, Holme, Holmbridge, Honley, Meltham, Netherthong, New Mill, Scholes, Totties, Underbank and Wooldale.


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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Holmfirth Parish Church seen from the town centre
Holmfirth Parish Church seen from the town centre

Holmfirth is a small rural town in West Yorkshire, about 5 miles south of Huddersfield. Pronouced "Home-firth", it is at the heart of the beautiful Holme Valley.

Get in

Holmfirth is a picturesque village in Yorkshire. Nested deep into the heather moorland of the Peak District. The village is famous for its connections with Last of the Summer Wine, a long running British comedy, where filming of the comedy takes place. [1]

Get around


Holmfirth no longer has a railway station so it's best to go to Huddersfield by train and then onto Holmfirth by bus. There is a railway station on the rural 'Penistone Line' in the village of Brockholes about 2-3 miles from Holmfirth.

If travelling from London, it may be advisable to depart at Wakefield Westgate. Opposite Wakefield Westgate, there's a bus (Arriva no. 435, via Bretton, Clayton West, Skelmanthorpe and Denby Dale) to Holmfirth taking about 1 hour 20 minutes.

At 5:25PM (to be changed to 5:35PM as of 28th October), the X41 also carries through to Holmfirth from stand 17 at Wakefield Bus Station, taking 45 minutes. A Free City Bus at the train station will take you straight to the bus station if you have a lot of luggage or if the weather is bad.


From 9 December 2007 new bus routes were introduced. Some of the information below is out-of-date. New express X10 runs at peak hours, plus an X16. Some of the 'convoluted routes' mentioned below have been changed.

Holmfirth can easily be reached from Huddersfield by buses 20, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314 and 316. Generally speaking, they each operate on an hourly basis providing plenty of buses, Watch out, some buses (313 and 312) take a convoluted route which can be up to twice as long as the direct journeys.

Since 2006, the services in the region have been running under the name "Holmfirth Connection", with all First Huddersfield services running through to Huddersfield Train Station, and the latest bus leaving the train station around ten past midnight. Tickets to Leeds, Dewsbury and Manchester can be bought straight from the driver, and timetables are generally coordinated to connect to the most popular rail routes from Huddersfield.

As of December 2007, the "Holmfirth Connection" will be using a revised route network, with lines 309-311 replaced by a limited stop X10 service from Huddersfield, and the 313 rerouted for more direct services to and from Holmfirth.

Once you are in Holmfirth. there's a local minibus service that provides journeys to various villages dotted about the valley. There's also service 20 which runs to Penistone and Barnsley and the newly introduced, direct Arriva services 435 and 436*, which run hourly to Wakefield (including Wakefield Westgate Station) via Scissett, Skelmanthorpe (service 435), Denby Dale and Shepley (service 436)*, taking around 55 minutes.

Most services go to the bus station in the town centre or from the main Huddersfield Road as well as West Bretton/Sculpture Park on evenings and Sundays.


Being the location of the long-running BBC TV series, Last of the Summer Wine, Holmfirth attracts many fans. They can see Nora Batty's steps at Scarfold (best seen from the bridge over the river from Hollowgate), and 'Sid's Café' (which became a café only after the series made the location famous) in the church yard.

  • Folk Festival. Held annually beginning of May.  edit
  • Farmers market on Sundays in the centre of town.
  • Indya - great indian restaurant with great write ups in the Yorkshire Post


The nightlife in Holmfirth is fairly quiet when compared to larger towns. The best night would probably be Friday when the whole town does come alive. The best places for visitors would be Hervey's Wine Bar in Norridge Bottom, Carniceria in Victoria Square, and the Old Bridge Hotel beside the river.

  • The Cave
  • The Nook (formerly The Rose & Crown but that name never caught on) - hosts the annual beer festival held at the end of July. Popular with locals and visitors alike. Good choice of beers including CAMRA-accredited ones.
  • Herveys wine bar
  • The Carniceria wine bar - located in an old butchers shop, can be extremely busy at weekends sometimes has live music.
  • The Bridge Hotel - Next to the Picturedrome Cinema. Popular venue for weddings etc, the hotel bar is more like a pub lounge with comfortable seating good food and a range of real ales.
  • The Picturedrome - A real gem, by night either a cinema or music venue supporting a surprising range of music(with 2 bars). See website www.picturedrome.net
  • Sunnybank (rated No 1 on TripAdvisor) is a good 5 Star GOLD, B&B near the centre of Holmfirth.01484 684857
  • Several B&Bs on the main road.
  • Old Bridge Hotel, Market Walk, 01484 681212. Quite expensively priced but good quality.
  • Holme Valley Campsite, on the road to Huddersfield in Thongsbridge, 01484 665819.
  • Sunnybank Guest House (Sunnybank), 78 Upperthong Lane, Holmfirth, 01484 684857, [2]. checkin: 4:30; checkout: 10:30. A Victorian gentleman’s residence, built for the local GP, Dr Trotter, in 1865 and situated near the centre of Holmfirth in the glorious countryside of the Holme Valley - the real star of the BBC’s ‘Last of the Summer Wine’. (The church next door is where the actor Bill Owen, 'Compo' is laid to rest) Sunnybank is relaxed, comfortable and combines luxury accommodation with service and attention to detail.Surrounded by 2 acres of mature wooded gardens and with spacious car parking we have three en-suite bedrooms all elegantly furnished.Each room has been individually decorated reflecting our personal approach, and offers the full range of modern facilities, TV. Wi-Fi connection for laptops, tea and coffee making facilities, mineral water, hair dryers, crisp linen, top of the range pillows. Individual rooms have additional facilities ranging from Freeview, DVD and video players to DAB radios. From £65 Dble.  edit

Get out

A few miles north of Holmfirth is the village of Holme where scattered cottages and farms look on to the dam which supplies water to the wider Huddersfield area. The Pennines can be seen in the distance and the road carries on into Derbyshire, past Ladybower reservoir and the town of Glossop and leads eventually into Stockport and Manchester. There are a number of villages that surround Holmfirth, including Upperthong, Netherthong, and Hepworth. It is great just to stroll round these villages which have changed little over the last 100 years. Hepworth in particular has some lovely walks and is on the Kirklees Way. The village hall in Hepworth shows a vibrant community with activities going on most days. Look at the Hepworth website for more information.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

HOLMFIRTH, an urban district in the Holmfirth parliamentary division of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, on and Holme and the Ribble, 6 m. S. of Huddersfield, and on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. Pop. (1901) 8977. The valley, walled by bold hills, is very picturesque. In 1852 great destruction was wrought in the town by the bursting of a reservoir in the vicinity. The large industrial population is employed in woollen manufactories, and in the neighbouring stone quarries.

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