Luddenden is a village in West Yorkshire, England, close to Halifax. It was made a Conservation Area in 1973, and the Luddenden Conservation Society, a charity, was established in 1975. A monthly newsletter is distributed to around 400 homes in the area.
The village used to have many shops and a number of churches / chapels and pubs, but now there only remain one pub (the Lord Nelson Inn, frequented by Branwell Bronte when he was employed at Luddendenfoot Railway Station) and one Church or Chapel (St Mary’s Church). The last Methodist Chapel closed in 2011. The 1970’s ITV series “In Loving Memory” starring Thora Hird and Christopher Beeny was filmed in the village.
The village won the Village category in Yorkshire in Bloom in both 2010 and 2012. We also won a Gold Medal and best Village awards in Britain in Bloom in 2011, and a Silver-Gilt Medal in Britain in Bloom 2013. Debbie Collinge at the The Lord Nelson won First Prize in the 2013 National “Community Hero Awards” competition sponsored by Enterprise Inns.
There are a number of Bloom-related competitions held during the year, including Christmas Wreath and House Frontage. Please click here to see the monthly Bloom Newsletter.
Luddenden has its own “Mayor”, who raises funds for local good causes. Mayor-making is usually in September.
The village also has a bi-annual Open Gardens Day (next one planned for June 2015), and a Christmas Tree provided by the Luddenden Conservation Society. The village is one of the sites for the performance of the Pace Egg Play at Easter.
Luddenden Conservation Society
The Luddenden Conservation Society was established to:
- stimulate interest in Luddenden and the Luddenden Valley
- promote high standards of planning and architecture
- secure the preservation of features of historical interest
- improve amenities.
The Luddenden Conservation Society is open to all who support these objectives. Membership is free and there is a regular open meeting at 7.30pm on the last Thursday of the month (except December) at the Lord Nelson Inn or in the Upper Room at St Mary’s Church. The Luddenden in Bloom group is supported by the Luddenden Conservation Society.
The Society also carries out projects in accordance with the above aims. Recent projects include:
- new equipment in the children’s playground (in association with other local organisations)
- purchase of a Roll of Honour (in association with the Luddenden Mayor’s Fund)
- village historical displays
- historical and visitor signage
- Millennium Car Park.
Current projects include:
- WW1 Commemoration
- Natural History display boards
- Stone at the entrance to the village
Current officers of the Society (from September 2014) are:
Chair: currently vacant
Vice-chair and Treasurer: Tony Hillyard
Secretary: John Vaul
Honorary President and Newsletter Editor: Rodney Collinge
Luddenden In Bloom Co-ordinator: Brenda McArdle
Planning Applications Secretary: Rodney Collinge
Trustees: Rodney Collinge, Peter Layfield and Trevor Oaten.
We can be contacted by email here
Luddenden is located between Halifax and Hebden Bridge in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. The location is SE042262, with the most useful map being the Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 21 (South Pennines)
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You can reach Luddenden by bus from Halifax and Hebden Bridge. The nearest Railway Stations are at Mytholmroyd and Sowerby Bridge.