Heptonstall is an unspoiled weavers' village high above the Calder Valley. Hebden Bridge lies directly to the south-east.

In the churchyard is the ruined shell of the old church of St Thomas a Becket. After it was damaged by a gale in 1847, it was decided to build the new church of St Thomas the Apostle next to it.

Among the graves in the churchyard is that of the American poet Sylvia Plath who was married to Ted Hughes from nearby Mytholmroyd.

One of the most intriguing buildings in the village is the octagonal Methodist chapel, the foundation stone of which was laid by John Wesley in 1764. It is claimed to be the oldest Methodist chapel in the world to be in continuous use.

OS grid reference SD 975 285

Useful and informative links

Heptonstall.org - village website
Heptonstall photographs from Geograph
Jack Uttley Photo Library
Photographs taken around the pennine towns of Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Heptonstall from about 1860 to the present. A fascinating resource.
Wikipedia article on Heptonstall

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