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Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire: a thriving pocket of culture

Hebden Bridge, UK

Hebden Bridge developed into an industrial town in the nineteenth century – as did many of Manchester’s surrounding towns.  At one point, it was known as ‘Trouser Town’. But its distinctive landscape, with hills and streams, made it ideal for water-powered weaving mills.

Hebden Bridge by Thomas Frederick Worrall

Built in 1897, the Town Hall is a Grade II Listed Building. It has acted as the local fire station and to house council offices over the years. But it fell into disrepair. The Hebden Bridge Community Association formed to transform the building, for community and creative enterprise. Since opening in 2012 it has flourished into a productive community space, and more than 20 business operate from the Town Hall.

The Arts in Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival brings an exciting programme to the town. It aims to use ‘the town as a venue’, and has previously featured like Martin Parr, Bridget Christie and Sara Pascoe (although 2020 is a sabbatical). 

The Trades Club is a cooperative and venue. It has hosted acts like Patti Smith and The Fall. It boasts an eclectic programme, and has been called ‘the best small venue in the UK’ by Q Magazine.

Hebden Bridge Picture House is a small independent cinema. Its contemporary film programme focuses on new releases. These range from mainstream to art-house and foreign language. There are also regular screenings of specialist films and touring programmes from a range of organisations, including the British Film Institute. The Picture House also participates in festivals such as the Hebden Bridge Film Festival, the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, and Happy Valley Pride

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire: a thriving pocket of culture

Hebden Bridge, UK

Hebden Bridge developed into an industrial town in the nineteenth century – as did many of Manchester’s surrounding towns.  At one point, it was known as ‘Trouser Town’. But its distinctive landscape, with hills and streams, made it ideal for water-powered weaving mills. Built in 1897, the Town Hall is a Grade II Listed Building. It has acted […]

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