Holmfirth is a small town in the Holme Valley, in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire, approximately six miles south of Huddersfield.
Holmfirth is a fascinating place to explore, with its attractive setting, its 'setted ginnels', its former weavers' cottages, and its art and craft galleries.
Holmfirth, and the countryside around it, will be familiar to anyone who has watched the long-running BBC TV comedy series Last of The Summer Wine. The area is popular with tourists who come to identify and enjoy the locations used as settings for the series.
Bamforth & Co was a well-known printing and publishing company based in Holmfirth, remembered mainly for producing saucy seaside postcards. Less familiar is the company's rich history of film-making. Having started with magic lantern films, the company began making cinema films in 1898. The popularity of these films led to Holmfirth for a while being the centre of the British silent film industry.
Watch video clips of the BBC Four program Holmfirth Hollywood
The Picturedrome Cinema in Holmfirth, built by the Bamforth family to screen their pioneering moving pictures, is one of the oldest cinemas in the country.OS grid reference SE 142 081
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