Halifax Road, BirchencliffeBirchencliffe is around the busy A629 Halifax Road about two miles north-west of the town centre and not far from junction 24 of the M62 at nearby Ainley Top.

In the last 100 years the area has grown massively from a small hamlet of houses around the junction of Birchencliffe Hill Road and Halifax Road, near to which St Philip the Apostle Church, was built in 1877.

The area had become important in the 1820s when the Huddersfield to Halifax turnpike road was given a more direct route between Huddersfield town centre and Ainley Top than the 1770s route which ran through Grimescar Woods. One of the toll points on the new road was at Birchencliffe.

The area is mostly a residential district, but a number of small businesses are also now based in the area. There are pockets of woodland helping to divide Birchencliffe from Lindley to the south and some farmland remains to the north-east of the area.

For many years the area had its own pub, The Grey Horse, alongside Halifax Road, but this was demolished to make way for a supermarket's local store and a bakery chain shop.

Around Birchencliffe

St Philip's Community Centre in Briarlyn Road is a busy hub used by many local groups as well as being the stage for an annual church pantomime.

A garden centre in Birchencliffe Hill Road is the largest retail premises in Birchencliffe. There is also a Tesco Express and neighbouring bakery/sandwich shop at the site of the demolished Grey Horse pub, a Co-operative food store at the fuel service station and a convenience store at Weatherhill Road. Other business premises include car sales, van hire, an estate agent and a vet's surgery.

Birchencliffe has a Pizzeria restaurant and a Bangladeshi and Indian restaurant in Halifax Road.

St Philip the Apostle Church is in Halifax Road, Birchencliffe.  St Philip the Apostle, Birchencliffe social media page

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is at Halifax Road, Birchencliffe, near the junction with Birkby Road.

Birchencliffe Sports and Social Club is at Halifax Road, Birchencliffe.

Local government

Civil parish council

There is no civil parish council for this area, which prior to 1974 was in the Huddersfield County Borough.

Metropolitan district council

Birchencliffe is in the Lindley ward of Kirklees Council, the metropolitan district council.
 Kirklees Council website


Bus services

via Halifax Road :

503 Daily until early evening (until late afternoon Sundays)

Huddersfield Bus station - Edgerton - Birchencliffe - Ainley Top Halifax Road (steps to village) - Elland - West Vale - Halifax

Operated by  First     Search for operator's information at  First

via Weatherhill Road and Yew Tree Road:

343 Monday to Saturday, daytime

Huddersfield - Marsh - Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - Lindley - Birchencliffe Weatherhill Road, Yew Tree Road- Ainley Top Grimescar Road, Lindley Moor Road (village) - Blackley - Elland - West Vale - Greetland - Calderdale Royal Hospital - Halifax

Timetable at  Metro     Timetables and information at   Team Pennine

via Weatherhill Road:

501 Daily, evening service (from late afternoon Sundays)

Huddersfield Bus station - Marsh - Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - Lindley - Birchencliffe Weatherhill Road - Ainley Top Lindley Moor Road (A643), Halifax Road (steps to village) - Elland - West Vale - Halifax

Timetable at  Metro     Search for operator's information at  First

Road travel

Birchencliffe is on the A629 Halifax Road.

Other places near Birchencliffe: Ainley Top Birkby Edgerton Lindley

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