Calderdale: the Yorkshire village where Happy Valley is filmed

Calderdale: the Yorkshire village where Happy Valley is filmed


Posted 9th Feb 2016


Tonight sees the return of Happy Valley, the highly acclaimed BBC crime drama starring Sarah Lancashire and Julie Hesmondhalgh

The eagerly anticipated series is filmed in Calderdale, West Yorkshire and in celebration of the new series, we have six facts for you about the history of the beautiful Yorkshire town and it's surrounding area:

1 The area around Calderdale has been used for other acclaimed dramas too - for instance Last Tango in Halifax was filmed in Huddersfield.

2 Calderdale itself was originally a Roman settlement, Cambodunum. Excavations in Slack revealed a Roman fort but the identity of the fort is still a mystery.

3 One of Britain's oldest surviving purpose-built picture houses is located nearby, The Rex Cinema. Set in a stunning 1938 art-deco proscenium, the luxurious cinema was re-opened in 2004, when the threat of demolition led to the current owners stepping in to make sure the cinema lived on.

4 Local village Mytholmroyd is the birthplace of late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and was home to the infamous Cragg Vale Coiners, a group of counterfeiters who produced fake gold coins in the late 18th century. It also homes the World Dock Pudding Championships, a dish allegedly only made in the Calder Valley. Not heard of this before? Dock Pudding is made from dock leaves, nettles, oatmeal, onions, butter and seasoning before being heated to create a traditional Yorkshire breakfast. 

5 The Old Bridge Inn, in Ripponden, is based just outside Halifax, and is one of the oldest inns in the country. Over 700 years old, the first record of the inn is from 1307, when it was the home of early Yeoman Clothier Robert of Brigge of Soland.

6 Calderdale is home to Shidben Hall (pictured), a 600 year old Medieval manor. The Grade II listed building offers the chance to travel through time and see what life was like for the many people who have lived and worked there.

Lead image courtesy of Flickr / Andreadm66





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