Elland was famous for its durable flagstones which, thanks to the nearby canal, could be transported very economically all over the county. Elland is also noted as the home of the Gannex raincoat (popularised by Harold Wilson). It is also famous for its traditional sweet factory, Joseph Dobson & Sons, which is still producing traditional boiled sweets today.
Buildings of interest in the town include the Parish church of St Mary's the Virgin, the former Rose and Crown in Northgate, the Old Town Hall off Southgate, Southgate Methodist Church and the Fleece Inn (reputedly haunted) at the top of Westgate.OS grid reference SE 115 215
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