Marsden


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Marsden is a large village near the head of the Colne Valley, just over 6 miles south west of Huddersfield town centre (7.4 miles by road).

The village is surrounded by attractive moorland managed by the National Trust as the Marsden Moor Estate. The Peak District National Park begins about half-a-mile from the village centre.

Marsden is the starting point of many historic routes across and through the Pennines, including pack horse trails, roads, canal and railways.

The village has provided an attractive location for a number of TV series, including a principal location for the 1997 police series 'Wokenwell' and also scenes for 'Last Of The Summer Wine', 'Where The Heart Is' and 'Last Tango In Halifax', while Marsden Moor hosted the 'local shop' of the 1999-2002 comedy series 'The League Of Gentlemen'.
Imbolc fire festival Marsden Cuckoo Day Festival
Village events in Marsden include a fire festival to mark Imbolc (pictured) which is generally held on the first weekend in February on alternate years. The festival was last held on Saturday February 1 in 2020.

The legend of the Marsden Cuckoo is also celebrated with a festival day each April. More information can be found at  Marsden Cuckoo Day Festival social media page

Around Marsden

The village has a Co-operative store and a large range of shops mostly centred around Peel Street.
Marsden post office is in Peel Street.
Marsden has a pharmacy in Peel Street.
The New Inn is in Manchester Road.
The Railway is in Station Road near the station.
The Riverhead Brewery Tap & Dining Rooms are at Peel Street.
The Shakespeare is in Peel Steet.

Marsden has a choice of cafes, pubs and restaurant dining.
Marsden has fish and chip and chinese takeaways and sandwich shops.
Marsden Mechanics Hall in Peel Street, with its distinctive clock tower, is the community hub of the village hosting all kinds of events, including gigs, fairs, meetings and festivals and regular meetings for tea dances, art classes, zumba, yoga, powerhooping, language and sewing. The hall is run by the charity Marsden Mechanics Hall Management Association.  Marsden Mechanics website

Marsden Community Association is a charity supporting community-led events. It was originally founded in 1980 to stop the demolition of Marsden Mechanics Hall and continue its community use.  Marsden Community Association website

Marsden History Group meets at the Marsden Mechanics Hall and has a website of historical information and photographs about the village.  Marsden History Group website

Marsden Parish Church Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society has been performing plays and musicals in the village since 1926.  Marsden Operatics social media page

Marsden Silver Prize Band has its bandroom at the Marsden Musical Institute in Marsden Lane.  Marsden Silver Prize Band website

Marsden Library is on the ground floor of the Marsden Mechanics Hall. Friends of Marsden Library are helping to keep the library open.  Friends of Marsden Library website
Marsden Football Club has open age, girls and boys football teams and is based at Fall Lane, Marsden.  Marsden Football Club website
Marsden Cricket Club, based at Hemplow, is a member of the Drakes Huddersfield League. It has two senior teams and runs junior teams from age 9 upwards.  Marsden Cricket Club web pages
Marsden Golf Club is at Mount Road, Hemplow, Marsden.  Marsden Golf Club website
Marsden Junior School is in Manchester Road, Marsden.  Marsden Junior School website

Marsden Infant & Nursery School is in Brougham Road, Marsden.  Marsden Infant & Nursery School website

St Bartholemew's Church is at Church Lane in Marsden. Historically Marsden was split between the parishes of Huddersfield and Almondbury, but because of the distance involved in reaching either of these a Chapel of Ease was created in the village in the mid 15th century, being replaced by a second chapel in 1758 and the present church across Church Lane from the original site in 1895.  St Bartholemew's website

Marsden United Church is a partnership between Methodist and United Reformed Churches. The church is opposite the end of Peel Street at the junction with Station Road and Warehouse Hill Road.  Huddersfield Methodist Circuit - Marsden United Church web page

Marsden is on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal which goes north-east from the village to Huddersfield and south-west through the Standedge Tunnel to Diggle. The Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre at Tunnel End tells the history of the canal.
Marsden is on the River Colne.
Marsden is in the Colne Valley ward of Kirklees Council, the metropolitan district council.  Kirklees Council website

There is no civil parish council for this area, which prior to 1974 was in the Colne Valley Urban District.


Travel

Marsden station Station Road

Trans-Pennine Express operate rail services to Slaithwaite and Huddersfield and stations along the Huddersfield Line to Manchester Piccadilly.

Huddersfield > Marsden ~ 8 min

 Northern - Marsden Station and departure information at Northern website.

Bus services

183 Every day until late

Huddersfield Bus station - Longroyd Bridge - Thornton Lodge Manchester Road - Milnsbridge Manchester Road - Cowlersley Cowlersley Lane - Broad Oak Linthwaite Church - Linthwaite Hoyle House Fold - Slaithwaite Manchester Road - Marsden Hard End

Timetable at  Metro      Service information at  First

184 Every day until early evening

Huddersfield Bus station - Longroyd Bridge - Thornton Lodge Manchester Road - Milnsbridge Manchester Road - Cowlersley Manchester Road - Linthwaite Manchester Road - Slaithwaite Manchester Road - Marsden Manchester Road - Uppermill - Oldham - Manchester

Timetable at  Metro      Service information at  First

185 Every day until late

Huddersfield Bus station - Longroyd Bridge - Thornton Lodge Manchester Road - Milnsbridge Manchester Road - Cowlersley Manchester Road - Linthwaite Manchester Road - Slaithwaite Manchester Road - Marsden Village centre, Marsden station Huddersfield line to Manchester and Dirker

Timetable at  Metro      Service information at  First

186 Infrequent route variation

After leaving Marsden from Dirker terminus, 186 operates as the 183 route (above) via Broad Oak (Linthwaite Church) to Huddersfield.
Timetable at  Metro      Service information at  First

936 Infrequent service, Monday to Friday.

Marsden Station - Hey Green - Marsden Station - Marsden Junior School
Marsden Infant School - Marsden Station - Hey Green - Marsden Station

Timetable at  Metro      Timetables (.pdf format) at  South Pennine Community Transport

937 Infrequent service. Monday to Friday: Marsden - Honley. Saturday: Marsden - Meltham Morrisons only

Marsden Dirker, Marsden station Huddersfield line to Manchester, village centre, Meltham Road - Holt Head - Meltham Morrisons*, village centre - Meltham Mills - Honley village centre, Honley Bridge

* Terminates at Meltham Morrisons on Saturdays
Timetable at  Metro      Timetables (.pdf format) at  South Pennine Community Transport

938 Monday to Saturday daytime

Marsden Marsden station Huddersfield line to Manchester, village centre, *, Meltham Road - Lingards Road - Slaithwaite Village centre - Linthwaite Hoyle House Fold, Clough, Upper Clough - Blackmoorfoot
* Visits High Lea, Clough Lea, Wood Top, Carrs Street, Gate Head, Netherley Drive on demand

Timetable at  Metro      Timetables (.pdf format) at  South Pennine Community Transport

Road travel

Marsden is on the A62 Manchester Road which is signposted towards Oldham from the Huddersfield ring road.


Drive time to nearest A&E hospitals:

19 min Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
25 min Royal Oldham Hospital !
27 min Tameside Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne !
29 min Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax
43 min Dewsbury and District Hospital ~
45 min Leeds General Infirmary
45 min Bradford Royal Infirmary
47 min Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield
48 min Barnsley Hospital

Random point in time survey (Marsden: Sun Jan 24, 2016, 10.47). 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, Kirkburton, Meltham, New Mill, Slaithwaite. Note: ~ While A&E exists at Dewsbury and District Hospital, it was subject to downgrading between 2016 and 2017 such that if you attend the A&E department at Dewsbury but need to be admitted for specialist treatment then you will be transferred to Pinderfields in Wakefield. ! These involve cross-Pennine transit (when roads not closed by snow) to hospitals outside the normal Yorkshire Ambulance Service response area.


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