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And then it was finally about time to leave Vienna for the summer and travel to England and Scotland! A short flight to Manchester and off I hopped on the train to my first stop: Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire

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It was a short, but steep way from the train station to my Airbnb room and the steep way up had its perks – that view over the valley!

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The original settlement in the Calder Valley was on top of the hill, Heptonstall (my destination for the next day).

Steep hills with fast-flowing streams and access to major wool markets meant that Hebden Bridge was ideal for water-powered weaving mills and the town developed during the 19th and 20th centuries; at one time Hebden was known as “Trouser Town” because of the large amount of clothing manufacturing. (Wikipedia)

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Today the mills are all closed, like in most parts of Yorkshire, and you´ll find cafés, shops and apartments in the former workplaces. Hebden Bridge is a lovely little town filled with independent shops, cafés and restaurants. A great place to just wander around or have a drink or two somewhere.

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And then there is the Rochdale Canal – filled with colourfull canal boats, locks, birds and perfect for a relaxed walk.

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Lots of artists were always drawn to Hebden Bridge and about three years ago the Old Town Hall became a cooperative place offering artists and small business space to work.

There is also a small music club, “Trades”, that has been played by many artists from Patti Smith to The Fall and many more!

This handsome little town is awash with creativity – from the artists and musicians hard at work in their studios to the Arts and Music Festival held every year. The town also has a number of famous literary ‘residents’, including Sylvia Plath whose grave can be found on a medieval settlement in the hills above the town, and former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes whose birthplace can be found in the nearby village of Mytholmroyd. (Yorkshire.com)

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And another walk along the canal – no wonder why Hebden Bridge is such a saught after place to live!

Nobody knows why Hebden Bridge became “Hebden Bridge”, officially the quirkiest/kookiest/koolest/most LGBTQ-friendly/least chain-store-y etc small town in the universe. (The Guardian)

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The Picturehouse

Opened in 1921 Hebden Bridge Picturehouse is one of the last civic owned cinemas in the UK (and probably in Europe) and it was showing a movie I´ve been waiting for quite a while: “Yesterday”, how would the world be if the Beatles hadn´t existed?

This was the main place for entertainment for weavers, mill-workers and residents alike and has always been a cinema although it may have not survived without some tough community action on more than one occasion. (Yorkshirelife.co.uk)

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It was about 10pm when the film had ended and it was still almost light, these long summer days!

 

 

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