Sowerby Bridge


Sowerby Bridge

infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 53.70
longitude= -1.91
official_name= Sowerby Bridge
static_

|static_image_caption=Sowerby Bridge skyline
map_type= West Yorkshire
population= 9,948 (2001)
metropolitan_borough = Calderdale
metropolitan_county = West Yorkshire
region= Yorkshire and the Humber
constituency_westminster= Calder Valley
post_town= SOWERBY BRIDGE
postcode_district = HX6
postcode_area= HX
dial_code= 01422
os_grid_reference= SE058233

Sowerby Bridge is a market town that lies within the Upper Calder Valley in the district of Calderdale in the county of West Yorkshire, in northern England.

The town is served by Sowerby Bridge railway station.

Sowerby Bridge is situated on the edge of Halifax, about three miles from its centre. The name Sowerby Bridge references the area's use as a crossing point over the River Calder to the older settlement at Sowerby.

The town had a population of 9,948 at the 2001 Census.

Rushbearing, the ceremony of taking rushes to churches for covering the floors throughout winter, still takes place here over the first weekend of September.

Industrial heritage

From 1892 to 1930 home of Pollit & Wigzell ltd a prominent manufacturer of quality stationary steam engines used in the cotton and woollen mills of Yorkshire, Lancashire and India.

The Wood Brothers an engineering and millwright company also produced engines from their Valley Iron Works. The Markfield Beam Engine is an example for their work.

The town is at the junction of the Rochdale Canal and the Calder and Hebble Navigation and the whole 18th century canal basin and buildings are listed.

References

* [http://www.mgsteam.btinternet.co.uk/ Markham Grange Steam Museum - Working Pollit & Wigzell engine built in Sowerby Bridge]

External links

* [http://www.sowerby-bridge.org.uk/ Sowerby Bridge: A Virtual Guide]
* [http://www.rushbearing.co.uk/ Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival]
*mmukscaled|SE058233|100|Location map of Sowerby Bridge from multimap.com
*oscoor gbx|SE058233


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