The town lies in the Calder Valley about 4 miles south-west of Halifax.
Sowerby Bridge is a place where watercourses and transport routes come together.
The River Ryburn flows into the River Calder at Sowerby Bridge and the Calder and Hebble Navigation joins into the Rochdale Canal, the latter reopened to through navigation in 2002.
Just along the line to the east of Sowerby Bridge station the railway does much the same with a line continuing along the Calder valley through Elland towards Brighouse while another crosses the valley to take the climb towards Halifax.
Like many West Yorkshire towns, Sowerby Bridge saw massive growth around the end of the 19th century, when the area had textile mills and engineering works to provide mill machinery. There was a major increase in the residential area of the town which has continued since that time.
Sowerby Bridge does, however, have one of the Calderdale district's newest swimming pools and fitness centres at Station Road, while community group Sowerby Bridge Fire and Water has ambitious plans to use the town's old swimming pool, adjoining council offices and fire station at Hollins Mill Lane as a new community resource centre.
The town is on the River Calder
Sowerby Bridge is on the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
Sowerby Bridge is on the Rochdale Canal.
Sowerby Bridge has a choice of pubs.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets.
Sowerby Bridge holds a traditional outdoor market - Tuesday and Friday general market, Thursday and Saturday second-hand.
The town has pharmacies.
The town has a Post Office.
Sowerby Bridge has takeaway food outlets.
Sowerby Bridge has a selection of places to eat.
The town has a leisure centre with swimming pool.
Sowerby Bridge has a community centre.
The town has a library.
Sowerby Bridge has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, other.
Sowerby Bridge stationStation managed by: NORTHERN.
NORTHERN - Departure and station info
Link to Northern - external website providing information on all operators' services at this station.
Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelSowerby Bridge can be reached via the A646 A58 A6142 A6026
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.
For more information see the
Locate on map:
Hardcastle Cragsoff Midgehole Road, Hebden Bridge
Find out more at the
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.
More information at
Wainhouse TowerWakefield Gate, off Skircoat Moor Road, King Cross
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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.
Calderdale Council website.
Political composition after the May 2022 election:
County strategic authority
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of
Operates with elected mayor Tracy Brabin as chairman and as decision-maker for some responsibilities after May 2021 election.
Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
This role has become one of the many responsibilities of the West Yorkshire elected mayor since May 2021.
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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