Honley is a large village in West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated near to Holmfirth and Huddersfield, and on the banks of the River Holme in the Holme Valley. According to the 2001 Census it had a population of 5,897.

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Honley village centre
Honley is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population5,897 (2001 Census)
OS grid referenceSE137118
• London160 mi (260 km) SSE
Civil parish
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtHD9
Dialling code01484
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament


The annual Honley Agricultural Show[1] takes place on the second Saturday of June. The show has used farmland between Honley and Meltham, and more recently farmland in Farnley Tyas. Honley has both female and male voice choirs.

There are three schools in the village. Honley Infant and Nursery School for ages 3–7, Honley Junior School for ages 7–11 and Honley High School which after abolishing its sixth form college is now for ages 11–16.[2]



Honley railway station opened on 1 July 1850, on the Penistone Line. It connects the village to Huddersfield and Sheffield with an hourly service.


There are regular bus services to Huddersfield, Holmfirth and Meltham. Most bus services are operated by the First West Yorkshire and Tiger Blue who are based in the railway station's former goods yard.


The parish church is St Mary's, a Grade II listed mostly Victorian church, constructed in 1843 by Robert Dennis Chantrell, with later additions in 1888 and 1909.[3] The church was built on the remains of an earlier church, known as 'Old Peg' built in 1759. It is surrounded by a burial ground containing inscribed tombstones[4] with remnants of a set of village stocks. Though an earlier building was possibly constructed in 1503.[5]


Honley F.C. fields junior teams at under-6 level to under-17 levels. The teams play in the Huddersfield Junior Football League,[6] and play competitive seven-a-side matches from under-7s to under-10s and eleven-a-side matches from under-11s to under-17s.[7] An adult side with three teams plays in the Huddersfield and District Association Football League. The 'A' team is in the second division, the 'B' team in reserve division one, and the 'C' team in reserve division three.[8]

On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield, passed through the village.[9]

Notable people


Honley, Huddersfield

Village viewed from the railway line to Brockholes

Honley Viewed from Oldfield Road (RLH)

Honley viewed from Oldfield Road. Castle Hill is seen top right with Huddersfield in the distance. Central to the picture is Berry Brow & Newsome

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Remains of village stocks in St Mary's Churchyard

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St Mary's Church, peeping above the houses on Church St, Honley


  1. ^ "Honley Show Society Ltd / Honley Show, West Yorkshire". Honleyshow.co.uk. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  2. ^ Tuck, Steven (June 2009). "Kirklees Council". Kirklees.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary the Virgin (1313556)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  4. ^ Honley cemetery inscriptions Archived 8 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Mary's Church guide
  6. ^ Huddersfield RCD Junior Football League
  7. ^ Honley Junior Football club
  8. ^ Huddersfield & District Association Football League
  9. ^ "Tour de France Stage 1". Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  10. ^ Armitage, Charles Clement. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who (online December 2017 ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U151801. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  11. ^ Glover, Chloe (30 August 2014). "Saxon's Biff Byford: He's sold 15 million albums, influenced Metallica and toured the world - but did you know he was from Huddersfield?". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  12. ^ Howell, David (1983). British workers and the Independent Labour Party, 1888-1906. Manchester: Manchester University Press. p. 309. ISBN 0-7190-1791-2.
  13. ^ Atkinson, Neil (25 June 2014). "New tributes to Honley's brave war heroes". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  14. ^ Bellamy, Alison (8 December 2018). "Jewel of the Valley". The Yorkshire Post. Country Week. p. 13. ISSN 0963-1496.
  15. ^ "Lifestyle, Denis Kilcommons about David Bintley". Huddersfield Examiner. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Huddersfield Town 3 Leeds United 2: Stead bags Terriers winner". The Yorkshire Post. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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Almondbury is a village 2 miles (3.2 km) south-east of Huddersfield town centre in West Yorkshire, England. The population of Almondbury in 2001 was 7,368 increasing to 18,346 at the 2011 Census.Almondbury appears in the Domesday Book as "Almondeberie". After the Norman Conquest, the land around the village was held by the powerful De Lacy family, who gave their name to De Lacy Avenue.

For 300 years until the 17th century, the village's Monday Market was the most important in the area. Almondbury was the hub of parish activity and in its early history was a more important centre than the town of Huddersfield. The villages of Linthwaite, Lockwood, Honley, Holmfirth and Meltham were all part of the Almondbury parish area.

The village is close to Castle Hill, Huddersfield's most prominent landmark. Almondbury has several notable buildings including the 16th-century Wormald's Hall, now the village Conservative club, and the Grade I listed All Hallows Church.

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Edward Robinson (27 December 1862 – 3 September 1942) was an English amateur first-class cricketer, who played one match for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1887, against Middlesex at Lord's.Born in Honley, near Holmfirth, Yorkshire, England, Robinson was a right-handed batsman who scored 0 and 23 not out, as Middlesex won the match by six wickets.Robinson died in September 1942, in Clifton, Bristol, England.

Farnley Tyas

Farnley Tyas is a small village in West Yorkshire, England 3 miles (4.8 km) south east of Huddersfield. It is located on a hilltop between Almondbury, Castle Hill, Thurstonland and Honley. It is mostly rural and farmland with private housing and some local authority social housing.

It has a public house, the Golden Cock Inn, a First School catering for around 50 children, aged from four to ten years old, a bowling club, a small sports field and the Church of St Lucius. It is part of the Parish of Almondbury with Farnley Tyas

France Littlewood

France Littlewood (5 August 1863–22 January 1941) was a British socialist activist.

Born in Honley, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Littlewood studied at Almondbury Grammar School before working in his father's dye works. He joined the Liberal Party, which he represented on Honley Local Union, but left in 1891 to join the new Colne Valley Labour Union. In 1893, he was a founder member of the Independent Labour Party (ILP), and he rapidly rose to prominence, becoming national treasurer in 1896, serving until 1902. He held a seat for the party on Honley Urban District Council from 1895 to 1896. His family's firm was declared bankrupt in 1899, although he and his brothers managed to retain ownership of the mill.At the 1907 Colne Valley by-election, Littlewood was a leading supporter of Victor Grayson, an ILP member who was refused national support because he did not support the Labour Party. Grayson was successful, and Littlewood regained his seat on the Urban District Council, in addition to one on the Board of Guardians. However, the newly renamed Colne Valley Socialist League followed Grayson in moving away from the ILP and towards syndicalism, a position which Littlewood opposed. In 1910, Grayson lost his seat, and the local group split from the ILP, joining the British Socialist Party on its formation, the following year. Littlewood sided with a minority loyal to the ILP.During the First World War, Littlewood served as a sergeant with the Volunteer Battalion of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. He remained an ILP supporter until 1928, when he resigned in support of Philip Snowden's economic policies.

Holme Valley

Holme Valley is a large civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire, England. It has a population of 25,049 (2001 census), increasing to 34,680 for the two wards in the 2011 Census. Its administrative centre is in Holmfirth. Other sizeable settlements in the parish include, Brockholes, Honley and New Mill. It is named from the River Holme that runs through the parish.


The parish is the successor to the Holmfirth urban district. An urban district covering Holmfirth was created in 1894 by the Local Government Act 1894 and then in 1938, under a County Review Order, absorbed parts of the Holme, Honley, New Mill, South Crosland and Thurstonland and Farnley Tyas urban districts, keeping the name. Under the Local Government Act 1972, the Holmfirth urban district was abolished on 1 April 1974, but its area was retained as a single civil parish with a parish council. The council changed its name from Holmfirth Parish Council to its present Holme Valley Parish Council in 1975.


Honley High School

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Honley railway station

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The station was opened by the Huddersfield & Sheffield Junction Railway (a constituent company of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway) in 1850.

The railway line through Honley has been single since 1989, with only one platform (the former northbound one) in use for both directions (the derelict southbound one is however still visible, as can be seen in the accompanying photograph).

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Kaye played club cricket for East Lancashire from their first year of 1864, and at Fairfield in Liverpool from 1866. He was selected to play his first and only first-class game in September 1867, when Lancashire were struggling to put together a team to play against Yorkshire, fielding five new players.

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River Holme

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Taylor Hill, Huddersfield

Taylor Hill is a semi rural/industrial urban village of the town of Huddersfield in the English county of West Yorkshire. It lies on a hill above the A616 road to Honley and Penistone and the eastern bank of the River Holme, in the Holme Valley, approximately 1.5 miles (2 km) to the south of Lockwood, west of Newsome and to the north of Berry Brow.

Administratively, Taylor Hill is in the Newsome Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, the latter of which includes all of Huddersfield and surrounding areas.

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