Greetland

Greetland is a village in the metropolitan borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England. The appropriate Calderdale Ward is called Greetland and Stainland. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 11,389.[1] It is located 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Elland and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Halifax.


"In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Greetland like this:

GREETLAND, a village and a chapelry in Halifax parish, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands 1 mile W of Elland r. station, and 3 SSW of Halifax; and has a post office under Halifax. The chapelry is part of the township of Elland-cum-Greetland. Pop. 2, 584. There are stone quarries, and several large woollen, worsted, and cotton mills. ..." [2]

Greetland
Greetland from Hollywell Green

Greetland, as seen from Holywell Green
Greetland is located in West Yorkshire
Greetland
Greetland
Location within West Yorkshire
Population11,389 (and Stainland)(2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSE085211
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHALIFAX
Postcode districtHX4
Dialling code01422
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
AmbulanceYorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament

History

The village of Greetland could have been the site of a Roman settlement named Cambodunum. A Roman altar stone dated to 208 AD was found in 1597 at Bank Top, Greetland.[3][4]

The village was served by the Greetland railway station from 1844 to 1962.[5]

On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield, passed through the village. The race route went east to west from neighbouring Barkisland through the borough of West Vale and into Elland. It was also the location of the fourth climb of the stage, the Category 3 Côte de Greetland, at the 119.5 kilometres (74.3 mi) point. The 2 points for the King of the Mountain competition was claimed by Frenchman, Cyril Lemoine of Cofidis, with the other point going to David de la Cruz of Team Netapp-Endura.[6]

Geography

Greetland is situated primarily around Stainland, Saddleworth and Rochdale Roads, with much of the village on one side of the steep hill that separates the latter two roads. West Vale is a part of Greetland, and acts as Greetland's village centre.

"The old part of Greetland was strung out along what is now the B6113 to the west. In the late 19C a new town known as West Vale developed in the valley, and a school and church were built (SE097213). The name stems from being at the western end of Elland, although it is at the eastern end of Greetland which was an independent authority only from 1894 to 1937." Humphrey Bolton.[7]

Landmarks

Clay House

Back view of Clay House's southern wing
Back view of Clay House's southern wing

Clay House was built for John Clay and the Clay family around 1650, although a house owned by Robert Clay on the site is mentioned before in 1296. The grounds of the house were opened as a park in 1924, and in 1929, a war memorial was built in the hall. The house is frequently used for weddings and its main hall can easily seat 100 people. Its impressive corridors and grand rooms are iconic in the area, with a large grand staircase, traditional wooden panelling from the 1600s and beautiful paintings. The house is currently managed by Calderdale Council and can be hired as a whole. There is another war memorial on the eastern wall of the house.[8] Clay House is the starting point of the Calderdale Way.[9]

Calderdale Way

Greetland is the start of the Calderdale Way, a long distance footpath that is popular with ramblers.[10][11]

Public Houses

Druid's Arms (closed 2004)

St Thomas Greetland
St Thomas's Church, Greetland with the Community Centre playground in the foreground.

Perhaps the oldest public house in Greetland, the Druids Arms is known locally as the "Rat".[12] The sign outside the pub was altered by the current landlord to reflect this.

The pub has been at the centre of a planning dispute with local residents. Since its closure on 17 October 2004, the landlord has applied for planning permission to turn the pub into flats. However, a local residents' committee is attempting to launch objections to the proposed change of function.[12]

The Druids Arms appears in local folklore: Greetland is the home of 'Brandy Hole Wood'. The origin of the wood's name is ingrained in local folklore. It is said by local residents that (sometime before the start of the 20th century) in order to avoid paying excessive tax on his stockpiled alcohol, the landlord of the local pub, the Druids Arms, would roll barrels of spirits into the wood in order to hide them. When the taxman came to take an inventory of the pub's cellar he would not account for the hidden barrels, and so the landlord avoided paying tax on the barrels stashed in the woods.Greetland - Local Attractions - Public Houses | Technology Trends

Golden Fleece (closed 2008)

This pub came to nationwide media attention in early January 2008. The supposed 'landlord', (it later emerged that the premises traded under his son's alcohol licence) had been publicly flouting the smoking ban that was introduced throughout England in July 2007.[13] He allowed customers to smoke inside his pub, and either took down non-smoking signs or wrote over them with 'Smoking Allowed'. The pub received support from smokers and non-smokers alike from Halifax, Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds. The 'landlord' stated that he received phone calls of support from Germany, Croatia and the USA. He announced in 2008 that he would open another pub in Huddersfield (The College Arms),[14][15] where he will also allow his customers to smoke. He said he wishes to create a small smoking area, leaving most of the pub a non-smoking venue.[12]

Other pubs

The Rose and Crown pub (known locally as "the Crown", "the Frown" or "the Rose"),[12] the Branch Road Inn, the Sportsman Inn, the Spring Rock, the Star, the Traveller's Rest, the Queen, the Shears (now demolished, a branch of the Co-op now occupies the site) and a number of working men's clubs.

Education

West Vale School Greetland
West Vale school and church

Schools include Greetland Junior and Infant School and the "West Vale Primary School", Greetland Infant School on Saddleworth Road, (for children aged 4–6), and Greetland Junior School, on School Street/Rochdale Road (for children aged 6–11).


Greetland Academy has two campuses, one on School Street, the other on Saddleworth Road. [16]

Greetland has schools for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The Key Stage 1 school, Sunnybank, is on Saddleworth Road. The Key Stage 2 mixed school, Greetland Academy School, is on School Street, and teaches approximately 383 pupils within an age range of 4 to 11.

Sport

Greetland Cricket Club
Greetland Cricket & Bowling Club, with the rear of the 'Andy Thontons' building to the right. The bowling green is directly behind the row of trees in the centre of the picture.

Sporting facilities in Greetland include the "Greetland Community Centre", which consists of an indoor multi-purpose pitch, as well as several outdoor natural grass pitches. The venue also has a small bar area that has been voted club of the year 2007 by CAMRA.[17] The community centre is home to the Greetland Goldstars Football Club and Elland Boxers rugby club, which has various teams in different age groups playing in the local junior football leagues. Their motto is "To win fairly and to lose with honour". The club achieved FA Charter Standard Development Club Status[18] in January 2007.

Founded in 1858 the "Greetland Cricket & Bowling Club" is still active and the club competes in the "Halifax League", playing host to teams from around Calderdale and Kirklees.[19] The pitch is on the banks of a small river and is prone to flooding.

The Greetland Social Club has three table tennis teams which play in the Halifax Table Tennis League.

Various local rugby league teams play at the Greetland All Rounders rugby ground. The site contains an indoor bar and meeting area and a floodlit outdoor pitch. The ground is often used for community events and is used regularly by the district scout groups.

Scouts

Greetland has a Scout group operating as the 5th Greetland Scout Group, which comprises Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Explorer scouts operate from the nearby West Vale HQ. The group is based in the St Thomas' Church Hall. Other venues are used when holding meetings for special events and activities. The group is part of the Pennine Calder District Scouts.[20]

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "Calderdale Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ "History of Greetland, in Calderdale and West Riding | Map and description". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Alterstone Found in Greetland". Archived from the original on 14 July 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
  4. ^ "The Greetland Altar". Ghosts and Legends of the Lower Calder Valley. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  5. ^ Joy, David (1984). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain Volume VIII; South and West Yorkshire. David St John Thomas. p. 317. ISBN 0-946537-11-9.
  6. ^ "Tour de France Stage 1". Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Geograph:: Greetland, West Vale, school and church (C) Humphrey Bolton". www.geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Geograph:: War Memorial, Greetland Liberal Club,... (C) Humphrey Bolton". www.geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Clay House". Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
  10. ^ "Calderdale Way". Archived from the original on 9 June 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
  11. ^ "Calderdale Way - LDWA Long Distance Paths". www.ldwa.org.uk. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d "Greetland - Local Attractions - Public Houses | Technology Trends". www.primidi.com. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Licensee defies pub smoking ban". Retrieved 16 January 2008.
  14. ^ "I'll defy ban on pub smoking". Retrieved 16 January 2008.
  15. ^ "Greetland smoking pub shut down: Man behind stunt had no licence". Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  16. ^ "The Greetland Academy - Home". www.greetlandacademy.org.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Greetland Community centre Wins CAMRA award". Archived from the original on 7 March 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
  18. ^ Association, The Football. "The website for the English football association, the Emirates FA Cup and the England football team". www.thefa.com. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Greetland CCC". Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
  20. ^ "Pennine Calder Scout District: Groups". www.penninecalder.org.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Lord Shutt". Archived from the original on 16 April 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2007.

External links

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1973 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

The first elections to the newly created Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 10 May 1973, with the entirety of the 51 seat council — three seats for each of the 17 wards — up for vote. The Local Government Act 1972 stipulated that the elected members were to shadow and eventually take over from the predecessor corporation on 1 April 1974. The order in which the councillors were elected dictated their term serving, with third-place candidates serving two years and up for re-election in 1975, second-placed three years expiring in 1976 and 1st-placed five years until 1978.

As well as replacing the County Borough of Halifax, the new council included:

Municipal Borough of Brighouse

Municipal Borough of Todmorden

Elland Urban District

Hebden Royd Urban District

Queensbury and Shelf Urban District (part)

Ripponden Urban District

Sowerby Bridge Urban DistrictThe election resulted in the Labour gaining control.

In May 1974 a by-election for the Brighouse ward occurred to replace the Conservative councillor G. Wood. The by-election was won by the Labour candidate M. Cunningham.

1999 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

Elections to Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 6 May 1999. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party lost overall control of the council to no overall control. The overall turnout of the election was 30.09% (44,215 voters of an electorate of 146,944). The winning candidate in each ward is highlighted in bold.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 20

Conservative 19

Liberal Democrats 14

Independent 1

2000 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

Elections to Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 4 May 2000. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control. The total turnout of the election was 28.97% (40,190 voters of an electorate of 138,748). The winning candidate in each ward is highlighted in bold.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 28

Liberal Democrats 15

Labour 10

Independent 1

2002 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

Elections to Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 2 May 2002. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party lost overall control of the council to no overall control. The total turnout of the election was 32.16% (47,091 voters of an electorate of 146,407). The winning candidate in each ward is highlighted in bold.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 25

Liberal Democrats 15

Labour 13

Independent 1

2003 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

Elections to Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 1 May 2003. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control. The total turnout of the election was 34.44% (47,601 voters of an electorate of 138,228). The winning candidate(s) in each ward is highlighted in bold.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 25

Liberal Democrat 16

Labour 10

British National 2

Independent 1

2004 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

Elections to Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 10 June 2004. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2003. The council stayed under no overall control with a minority Conservative administration.

2008 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

Elections to Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council were held on 1 May 2008. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control with a minority Conservative administration.

On 9 May, about a week after being elected as a Liberal Democrat, Greetland and Stainland Councillor Keith Watson left the Liberal Democrats and joined the Conservative Party.In 2009 the Skircoat Councillor Geoffrey Wainwright died suddenly. A by-election was held on 2 April 2009. The seat was held by the Conservative Party with John Hardy winning the seat.In June 2009 Elland Councillor Diane Park quit the Liberal Democrats due to the state of the party in the House of Commons. She continued as an independent.

2010 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

The 2010 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections and a general election. One councillor was elected in each ward for a four-year term so the councillors elected in 2010 last stood for election in 2006. Each ward is represented by three councillors, the election of which is staggered, so only one third of the councillors was elected in this election. After the election the council stayed in no overall control but the Conservative minority administration was replaced with a coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats.Brighouse Councillor Joyce Cawthra left the Conservative Party and became an Independent in December 2010 due to her not being selected by the party to stand in the next election.

2011 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

Elections to Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council took place on Thursday 5 May 2011.

There were 17 seats up for election, one third of the council. After the election the council continued to have no overall control and continue to be run by a coalition between the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.

During 2011 the Liberal Democrat councillor for the Warley Ward Robert Pearson left the Liberal Democrats and spent the remainder of his time on the council as an Independent Liberal Democrat. Councillor Tom Bates of the BNP left the party and continued his term as an independent councillor.

2012 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

The 2012 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council in West Yorkshire, England. This was on the same day as other 2012 United Kingdom local elections. After the election the council continued to have no overall control and continue to be run by a coalition between the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.

The Warley Councillor Keith Hutson stepped down in 2012 due to health reasons. A by-election was held on 19 July 2012. The seat was held by the Liberal Democrats with James Baker winning the seat.In this year Councillor Nader Fekri for Calder ward defected to Labour from the Liberal Democrats in 2012 saying that he could no longer support the coalition in the national parliament with the Conservatives.In April 2013 the coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats collapsed as Labour pulled out over disagreements over benefit cuts. Labour continued to run the council as a minority administration.

2019 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

The 2019 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections. One councillor was elected in each ward for a four-year term so the councillors elected in 2019 last stood for election in 2015. Each ward is represented by three councillors, the election of which is staggered, so only one third of the councillors were elected in this election. Before the election there was no overall control with a minority Labour administration. Following the election Labour, having gained four councillors, took control of the council with an overall majority of five seats.

Black Brook, West Yorkshire

The Black Brook is a small river in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England.

The Black Brook rises near the border of Calderdale and Kirklees next to Scammonden Dam. It flows downwards through Stainland Dean, and then between Greetland and Stainland. Most of the river, at this point, forms a parish border between the parishes of Greetland and Stainland. The Holywell Brook flows into the Black Brook before flowing into the River Calder at West Vale. The combined length of the two brooks is 8.85 miles (14.24 km) and they drain an area of 12 square miles (30 km2).The valley that the Black Brook flows through is named the Blackburne Valley.

David Shutt, Baron Shutt of Greetland

David Trevor Shutt, Baron Shutt of Greetland (born 16 March 1942) is a British Liberal Democrat politician, who served as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard and Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords between May 2010 and May 2012.

Elland

Elland is a market town in Calderdale, in the county of West Yorkshire, England. It is situated south of Halifax, by the River Calder and the Calder and Hebble Navigation. Elland was recorded as Elant in the Domesday Book. The town's name is derived from the Old English meaning 'land by the water, river or land partly or wholly surrounded by water'. It had a population in 2001 of 14,554, with the ward being measured at 11,676 in the 2011 Census.

Greetland railway station

Greetland railway station was a railway station that served the village of Greetland in West Yorkshire, England.

Halifax and District Association Football League

The Halifax and District Association Football League (currently sponsored by Haslem - Sheppard) is a football competition based in England. It has a total of three divisions, of which the highest, the Premier Division, sits at level 14 of the English football league system. It is a feeder to the West Riding League.

Richard Newby, Baron Newby

Richard Mark Newby, Lord Newby (born 14 February 1953), known popularly as Dick Newby, is a British politician, who has been the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords since September 2016. He served as the Deputy Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords, and the Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard between 2012 and 2015, and the Liberal Democrat Chief Whip in the House of Lords from 2012 to 2016.

Stainland and Holywell Green railway station

Stainland and Holywell Green railway station served the villages of Stainland and Holywell Green in West Yorkshire, England from 1875 until 1929. Goods services ended in 1959.

The station consisted of a single platform to the west of a line curving from north (Greetland) to west (terminus), with a single station building and canopy. The station site is now occupied by the Brookwoods Industrial estate, with the last section of the branch being used as an access road, passing under the bridge carrying Station Road.

West Vale

West Vale is a village in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England. The village falls within the Greetland and Stainland parish of the Calderdale Council. It is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Halifax, 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Elland and 4 miles (6.4 km) north-west of Huddersfield.

Places adjacent to Greetland

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