Tiny village but well worth seeing Nov 30, 2010
Heptonstall is basically a small village, though in local government terms it is a civil parish within the Metropolitan District of Calderdale. If places were graded on the number of sights per square yard, Heptonstall would be high on a European or even a world level.
It is situated on a hillside well above the town of Hebden Bridge and there is a very steep path between the two, the Buttress. This made it easy for the parliamentarians to hold out for a considerable time in the Civil War, although the village was eventually sacked.
Two features of religion are interesting. It is very unusual to find two churches in one churchyard, even when one is only a ruined shell. The Methodists have interest as well. Wesley himself visited and the chapel is the oldest in continuous use.
One of the graves in the churchyard is that of 'King' David Hartley, who was executed at York. He was the leader of the Cragg Vale coiners, poor people who supplemented their income by trimming gold coins and making other ones from the trimming. The method is illustrated in the tiny museum in the churchyard, which was once a school.
To add to this there is the old cloth hall, where weavers who used hand-looms at home used t exhibit their 'pieces.' There is also the 'last Hand-loom Worker's cottage..
The grave of Sylvia Plath, poet and novelist is also in the curchyard and her husband, ted Hughes was one of the big names associated wit the nearby Arvon Centre.
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