Although the majority of the town centre is elevated well above the River Calder, the old English meaning of the name Elland "land by the water" became clear when the swollen river, which has many moorland tributaries, wrecked the town's canal bridge and flooded some properties at the end of 2015. The bridge has now been restored and recently reopened.
The town is mid-way between
Elland has expanded over the last 20 years with many industrial units occupying the site of the town's former power station.
One of the town's long-established industries is the making of boiled sweets, which have been produced in Elland since 1850.
The town is on the River Calder.
Elland is on the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets. Elland offers bakery goods, clothes, crafts, flowers, an outdoor market (Fri).
The town has a Post Office branch.
The town has pharmacies.
Elland has a choice of pubs.
Bistro and cafe dining can be found in Elland.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, burgers, sandwiches.
The town has a library.
The town has a cinema.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist.
While passenger trains run through Elland, it currently has no station.
Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelElland can be reached via the A629 A6025 B6114
Places to Visit
The hall, dating from 1420, is located alongside Shibden Park, which was formed from its estate. Exploring the house reveals a variety of architecture from the various periods of its history and an insight into the people who lived there over the years. One of those was Anne Lister, whose diaries in the early 18th century were the inspiration of the recent BBC period drama series "Gentleman Jack", written by Sally Wainwright. Much of the series was filmed in the real-life location at Shibden Hall. The house also has a 17th century barn housing a carriage collection. Shibden Hall is managed by Calderdale Council museums.
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Hardcastle Cragsoff Midgehole Road, Hebden Bridge
Hardcastle Crags is a delightful wooded valley about 2 miles north of Hebden Bridge with beautiful streams and more than 15 miles of footpaths. A visitor centre, cafe and shop is based in Gibson Mill, a former textile mill built around 1800, in the heart of the valley. The centre gets its power entirely from water turbines, solar panels and a biomass boiler, has a filtered spring water supply and recycles all waste. Hardcastle Crags is managed by the National Trust.
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Eureka! The National Children's MuseumDiscovery Road,
This modern museum near to Halifax railway station is full of interactive exhibits in themed galleries aimed at inspiring younger children to learn.
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Wainhouse TowerWakefield Gate, off Skircoat Moor Road, King Cross
This facscinatingly ornate 77 metre (253 foot) tower overlooks the Calder Valley in the King Cross area of Halifax, 1.5 miles south-west of the centre. Although many legendary tales have developed about its construction, it was started as an elaborate mill chimney but finished as a folly. On bank holidays it is open to vistors, who can pay a small fee to climb its internal spiral staircase.
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Emergency servicesWest Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Metropolitan district council
Calderdale Council is centred in
Part of the district includes seven civil parish councils, four of which are small single ward councils.
Calderdale has 51 elected councillors, 3 per ward across 17 wards. Each councillor serves a 4-year term with one councillor per ward elected each year in 3 out of 4 years. An election of one-third of the council due to be held in 2020 has been postponed to 2021.
Calderdale Council website.
The political composition after the May 2019 election was:
County strategic authority
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of
Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield.
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