Hebden Bridge – West Yorkshire – A Retreat For Yuppies

Hebden Bridge – West Yorkshire, is a place where tourists wander through the array of gift shops, florists, studios and some other business without being aware of the peculiar group of people who inhabits this town with the rich history.

During the medieval times, Hebden Bridge situated on the Yorkshire side of the Pennine Hills, got his name from the packhorse bridge over Hebden Water. Urbanization began when the town became known as the place where packhorses could cross the river and as a gathering place for travellers on their way from Halifax to Burnley, Heptonstall and Rochdale.

During the Industrial Revolution, Hebden Bridge prospers and grew rapidly. The mills and their well-known chimneys exemplified prosperity. During the same time, Hebden Bridge’s famous landmarks developed – the double decker houses. These houses were built clinging to the hillside to provide housing to the mill workers. It is believed that this type of housing was the fore runners of what we know as apartment blocks today.

Hebden Bridge has set eyes on many illustrious changes the past years. Very little is left of the traditional industries, however, the old buildings have been renovated, restoration was done to the Rochdale Canal and the area become a sought-after location to lay your hat down at or even just to pay a visit to.

At the end of the sixties, little was left of the once prosperous Hebden Bridge. The whole of the town was in bad repair with empty shops and plenty of the terraced houses were razed to the ground.

Fortunately, the town started to experience life again and some sense of prosperity during the 1970’s and 1980’s when an assortment of writers, photographers, artists, musicians, teachers and in more recent times, wealthier yuppies declared it their new home.

After the huge roll Hebden Bridge played in the Industrial Revolution, it is better known for the events on the social calendar and artistic revitalization than for the part Hebden Bridge played in the Industrial Revolution history.

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