Hebden Bridge: A 700 Year Story


And How It Was Nearly Lost


Hebden Bridge 700 year story Cinema Poster


Saturday 2 May, 5pm, Hebden Bridge Picture House. Doors open 4.30pm

Includes introduction and Q&A session


From Excalibur Productions comes a film celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Calder Civic Trust and their successful campaign to prevent the demolition of most of Hebden Bridge in the 1960s.

The second half of this film has a montage of remarkable images of the parts of the town that had already been destroyed before the campaign began and there are some remarkable buildings that were lost at that time. It also reveals a secret plan to knock down nearly all the town centre that we know today.

On the the weekend when the first ever ‘Tour de Yorkshire’ cycle race will come through the Calder Valley, so the film starts with the razamatazz of people waiting for the Tour de France between Hebden Bridge and Cragg Vale last year when 340,000 people lined the roads of Calderdale, and is peppered with some funny anecdotes from local people. But after looking at last year’s Tour de France, it tells the story of how the town came into being and it’s development from a few buildings on the river in 1314 to the great textile town that it became in late Victorian England and then through it’s gradual decline.

But how do you mix together last year’s Tour de France with the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Calder Civic Trust, as well as the 700th anniversary of Bridge Mill, the 200th anniversary of the original Stoodley Pike monument and the 100th anniversary of the World War One? This was the challenge facing filmmaker Nick Wilding, as he prepared this latest film.

‘Hebden Bridge, A 700 Year Story , and how it was nearly lost, attempts to do just this. The story includes Henry VIII, Roundheads and Cavaliers, stagecoaches and the Hebden Bridge ‘Brigg Races’.

At the end there is a Q&A with the filmmaker and one or two founder members of the Calder Civic Trust.




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