Marsden is a large thriving village at the head of the Colne valley, in West Yorkshire. It is set amongst stunning moorland scenery about 8 miles west of Huddersfield.

The restored Huddersfield Narrow Canal runs through the village, and Marsden is at one end of the Standedge Tunnel, Britain's highest and longest canal tunnel. There is a Visitor Centre, and boat trips are available.

The Marsden Jazz Festival is held annually, and the village plays host to some of the UK's finest jazz musicians and some of its most exciting young talent.

The village is also home of the prize-winning Marsden Band which competes in several contests around the country.

Marsden is renowned for the local legend of the Marsden Cuckoo. The legend tells how long ago the people of Marsden were aware that when the cuckoo arrived, so did the Spring and the sunshine. They tried to keep Spring forever by building a tower around the Cuckoo. Unfortunately, as the last stones were about to be laid, away flew the cuckoo. If only they'd built the tower one layer higher! But, as the legend says, it "were nobbut just wun course too low".

Now each Spring the townspeople celebrate the return of the cuckoo with a day-long festival - with clog dancing, music, a procession and a famous "cuckoo walk".

OS grid reference SE 048 116


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Useful and informative links

Marsden History Group
Marsden photographs from Geograph
Wikipedia article on Marsden

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