Birds Edge

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Birds Edge, also written as Birdsedge but always said Birds Edge, is a small village 6 miles south south east of Huddersfield town centre (9 miles by road).

The village is around a mile from the source of the River Dearne and on the main route between Huddersfield and Penistone.

Birds Edge is a small rural community but has a textile mill, one of the mills of Denby Dale-based quality yarn spinners Z Hinchliffe and Sons Ltd, a family business which can trace its roots to 1766 but now has global respect for lambswool, cashmere, camel hair and angora products.

Birdsedge Village Hall aims to promote a community spirit and provide a social hub for everyone within the village and the surrounding areas. The hall was built in 1851 and extended in 1870 for use as the village school until 1911. After periods as a village club and club for local wartime servicemen, the hall became disused in the 1950s. Village fundraising and volunteer renovation efforts saw it return to community use in the early 1970s and further renovations were completed in 2009. The hall hosts pilates and exercise classes, dog training classes, soccer start sessions, a luncheon club, whist drives and a monthly quiz.

Just across the river from the centre of Birds Edge is the hamlet of Park Head, where there was once a pub The Crown.

Around Birds Edge

Birdsedge Village Hall is in Penistone Road.  Birdsedge Village Hall website
Birds Edge Wesleyan Reform Church is in Birds Edge Lane.  Wesleyan Reform Union - Birds Edge web page
Birdsedge First School is in Penistone Road.  Birdsedge First School website
Penistone Road and The Old Bridge bridge the River Dearne in Birds Edge.
Birds Edge is in the Denby Dale ward of the metropolitan district of Kirklees.  Kirklees Council website

It is also in the Denby and Cumberworth ward of the civil parish run by Denby Dale Parish Council.  Denby Dale Parish Council website


Bus services

D3 Monday - Saturday daytime

Huddersfield Bus station - Aspley - Moldgreen - Dalton Wakefield Road - Waterloo Morrisons - Fenay Bridge Penistone Road - Lepton Highgate Crescent, Rowley Lane - Kirkburton North Road, Riley Lane - Shelley Penistone Road - Shepley Marsh Lane, The Sovereign crossroads - Birds Edge - High Flatts - Upper Denby - Lower Denby - Denby Dale Village centre and station Penistone line.

Timetable at  Metro      Timetables and information at  Team Pennine

Road travel

The A629 Penistone Road runs through the village.

Drive time to nearest A&E hospitals:

19 min Barnsley Hospital
28 min Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
31 min Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
33 min Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield
35 min Dewsbury and District Hospital ~
40 min Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax
40 min Leeds General Infirmary
42 min Tameside Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne
45 min Royal Oldham Hospital
50 min Bradford Royal Infirmary

Random point in time survey (Birds Edge: Thu Feb 4, 2016, 11.57). Times may considerably vary according to traffic, particularly at peak commuter hours, and trans-Pennine weather conditions. PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK CURRENT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS. See different results in eg. Almondbury, Bradley, Denby Dale, Honley, Holme, Holmfirth, Marsden, Meltham, New Mill, Slaithwaite. Note: ~ While A&E exists at Dewsbury and District Hospital it is planned to be downgraded starting autumn 2016 to spring 2017 such that if you attend the A&E department at Dewsbury but you need to be admitted for specialist treatment then you will be transferred to Pinderfields.

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