The history of holmfirth
Prior to the industrial revolution, the Holme Valley was a rural area of rolling hills, grassland and woods. Holmfirth was little more than a village. In the 1770s, the first spinning jenny was introduced into Holmfirth but by the 1850s textile mills had sprung up by the river valleys. The population was increasing and the town was becoming a commercial centre and was ‘busy with wool’, due to its booming textile industry.
The peaceful, rural area was gone forever as around 60 textile mills were built, employing hundreds of men, women and children. By the mid-1800s the Holme Valley was a thriving commercial area.
A town of rugged grandeur, situated at the foot of three great hills, the locality is diversified by beautiful extensive valleys, sloping moors and woodland, which stretches out to the Peak District National Park and the borders of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire. The Pennine Ridge provides an amazing backdrop.
Whilst Holmfirth was a busy market town, the surrounding areas are littered with small villages and hamlets. Many sturdy mill cottages were being built too, along with more palatial properties in these areas and today they make up many of the beautiful communities of the Holme and neighbouring valleys.
Holmfirth is also famous for pioneer film making, Bamforths saucy seaside postcards, the setting for Last of the Summer Wine and other TV productions. It’s also now well-known for Dickinson’s Longley Farm creamery and for the climb to Holme Moss in the 2014 Tour de France cycle race.