The town straddled the border between Yorkshire and Lancashire until a local government reorganisation in 1889. It was then placed entirely within the West Riding of Yorkshire when the historic Riding became an administrative county. It continued as part of West Yorkshire in 1974.
The grade one listed Todmorden Town Hall is an iconic feature of the town in the style of a Greek temple.
When it opened in 1875 it was on the boundary of Lancashire and Yorkshire and its frontage has an impressive pediment featuring groups of Lancashire cotton workers to the Lancashire side and Yorkshire engineering and farm workers to the Yorkshire side and at the centre two figures on a pedestal linked in friendship.
The industrial revolution saw the development of cotton mills in Todmorden, a feature more typical of Lancashire towns while woollen mills were prevalent in towns of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Many of the mills in Todmorden were, however, at the Yorkshire side of the historic county boundary.
The building of the canal was soon followed by the Manchester and Leeds railway, the full route of which opened through Todmorden with the completion of the Summit Tunnel in 1841. George Stephenson's seven-arch railway viaduct over the town is grade two listed. A branch was opened between Todmorden and Burnley in 1849, a couple of years after the railway had become part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway.
The railway still provides an important and very popular link to towns along the long and winding Calder Valley where the only travel alternative is the busy single carriageway road running along the narrow valley floor.
A pioneering project known as Incredible Edible was started by a small group of Todmorden folk in 2007 and has spawned more than 100 groups across Britain and around the world. The project grows herbs, fruit and vegetables for everyone to share using community plots of land such as those used for flower beds in the past.
The town is on the River Calder and Walsden Water.
Todmorden is on the Rochdale Canal.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets. Todmorden offers bakery goods, butchers, antiques, books, clothes, furnishings.
Todmorden has an indoor and an outdoor market.(Wed-Sun).
The town has a Post Office branch.
Todmorden has banks.
The town has pharmacies.
The town has pubs and social clubs.
Cafe and pub food is available in Todmorden.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, sandwiches.
The town has a library.
The town has a leisure centre with swimming pool.
Todmorden has a theatre.
There are public toilets in the town. (Calder Street - 20p slot)
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Islamic.
Todmorden has tourist information.
Places to stay in Todmorden include guest house, holiday home accommodation.
Todmorden was formerly in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
It was partly in Lancashire before 1889.
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Bus travelThe town has a bus station.
Road travelTodmorden can be reached via the A646 A6033
Places to Visit
Stoodley Pike MonumentLangfield Common, near Hebden Bridge and Todmorden
Heptonstall churchesChurch Street and Northgate, Heptonstall
Heptonstall Methodist Church in Northgate is among the oldest octagonal chapels of the Methodist Church and is believed to be the oldest Methodist Church to have continued use. Although Methodism in the village was founded after the preachings of William Darney, John Wesley became a frequent visitor to Heptonstall and visited at the time of the building of the chapel in 1764. The chapel was later extended in 1802.
Hardcastle Cragsoff Midgehole Road, Hebden Bridge
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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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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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Emergency servicesWest Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilTodmorden Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website:
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 2023 election is:
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.
-1974 Within the West Riding of Yorkshire