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Meltham is a large village or small town 4.5 miles south west of Huddersfield (5.3 miles by road) and also a civil parish 'township' including several neighbouring hamlets which is run as Meltham Town Council.

Meltham lies just below the Pennine moors and one of the highest points in the area, West Nab (501m). The Peak District National Park starts at the edge of Meltham.

Meltham Mills, just off Huddersfield Road at the edge of Meltham, was a centre of tractor making for more than 50 years. The David Brown company built the Meltham plant when it ventured into tractor manufacturing in 1936. It was eventually sold to the US owners of JI Case in 1972 but the plant was closed in 1988. The Meltham Mills site is now used by several businesses.

Meltham used to have its own station at the end of a 3.5 mile railway branch line which was opened in 1869 by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company. It linked Meltham to Huddersfield by joining the Huddersfield-Penistone-Sheffield line at Lockwood. The line closed to passengers in 1949, but freight traffic, principally tractors from the Meltham Mills David Brown factory, kept the line open until 1965.

The town holds a Beer Festival in April and a Scarecrow Festival in May while a Meltham Memories 1940s Wartime Weekend has become a regular summer event in the town in recent years.  Meltham Memories website

Around Meltham

Meltham has a range of village shops mostly clustered around Market Place.

There is a Morrisons supermarket at the site of Meltham's former railway station at The Cobbles, off Station Street.
Meltham has chemist shops at The Cobbles and Huddersfield Road.
Meltham Post Office is located in the Carlile Institute, Huddersfield Road, Meltham.
Meltham no longer has a bank, however Morrisons supermarket has 24-hour cash machines.
The Swan is in Market Place, Meltham. Victoria Park is in Station Street, Meltham.
The Waggon and Horses is in Huddersfield Road, Meltham.

There are cafes and several restaurants in Meltham including venues offering Tapas, Italian, Indian and Persian cuisine.
Meltham has several takeaways offering everything from fish and chips to Indian, balti, Chinese, Italian cuisine and burgers.
Meltham Library moved to the Community Hub at The Carlisle Institute in Huddersfield Road in 2016, supported by the Friends of Meltham Library.  Friends of Meltham Library social media page
Robert Ashton Memorial Park is situated at Huddersfield Road, Meltham.
Meltham Athletic have three senior teams, junior teams from under-7s upwards and a girls team and are based at Meltham Sports and Community Club, Mean Lane, Meltham.
Meltham Golf Club was founded in 1908 and is based at Thick Hollins Hall.  Meltham Golf Club website
Meltham CE School is in Holmfirth Road, Meltham.  Meltham CE School website

Meltham Moor Primary School is in Birmingham Lane, Meltham.  Meltham Moor Primary School 

St Bartholemew, Meltham, is in Green End Road in the centre of Meltham. The church was consecrated in 1651, though little remains of the church of that time. The present nave was built in 1786 and the tower was part of additions started in 1835. The church was completed with the addition of the chancel in 1876.  Parish of Christ the King - St Bartholemew's web page

St James, Meltham Mills, is in Huddersfield Road. The church was consecrated in 1845.  Parish of Christ the King - St James' web page

Meltham Baptist Church is in Mean Lane.

Meltham Methodist Church is in Mill Moor Road.  Meltham Methodist Church website

Meltham is in the Holme Valley North ward of Kirklees Council, the metropolitan district council.  Kirklees Council website

Meltham is also at the centre of the civil parish run by Meltham Town Council which has 12 members who annually elect a town mayor from the town councillors.  Meltham Town Council website.


Bus services

321 Every day late evening, after end of 324 service

Huddersfield - Lockwood - Netherton Meltham Road, Moor Lane, Coppice Drive, Netherton Moor Road, Falconers Ride, Hawkroyd Bank Road -
Meltham Market Place, Broadlands

Timetable at  Metro      Timetables and information at  Team Pennine

323 Every day daytime, only until early afternoon on Saturday & Sunday

Huddersfield Bus station - Lockwood - Netherton Meltham Road, Moor Lane, Coppice Drive*, Falconers Ride*, Hawkroyd Bank Road*, Moor Lane, Meltham Road
Direction of travel between Coppice Drive and Hawkroyd Bank Road varies (see timetable).

Timetable at  Metro      Service information at  First

324 Every day until mid-evening, then see 321

Huddersfield - Lockwood - Netherton Meltham Road - Meltham Market Place, Broadlands

First operate services every day. Yorkshire Tiger run extra buses Monday to Friday.
Timetable at  Metro      First service information at  First

335 Monday to Saturday daytime

Wilberlee* - Slaithwaite - Holt Head - Meltham - Wilshaw - Netherthong - Holmfirth Bus station

* Only one weekday early morning journey starts at Wilberlee.
Timetable at  Metro      Timetables (.pdf format) at  Stotts Coach Travel

348 Saturdays

Holmfirth Bus station - Parkhead, Ford Inn - Meltham - Holt Head - Slaithwaite - Wilberlee - Pole Moor - Sowood - Stainland - Holywell Green - West Vale - Halifax

Renumbered HX3 from July 30, 2022

Timetables (.pdf format) at  South Pennine Community Transport

388 Monday to Saturday daytime

Meltham Village turning circle and Morrisons - Helme - Blackmoorfoot - Broad Oak Linthwaite Church - Cowlersley - Milnsbridge -Paddock Longwood Road - Quarmby - Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - Lindley

Timetable at  Metro       Timetables (.pdf format) at  Stotts Coach Travel

389 Infrequent service. Monday to Saturday daytime

Meltham Village turning circle - Helme - Blackmoorfoot -
Crosland Hill Blackmoorfoot Road - Crosland Moor Balmoral Avenue, Foster Avenue, Dryclough Road - Crosland Hill Blackmoorfoot Road, Felks Stile Road - Linthwaite Linthwaite Church, Causeway Side - Slaithwaite village centre - Hill Top - Wilberlee

Monday to Friday morning journey from Meltham: ends at Slaithwaite except on schooldays.
Monday to Saturday afternoon journey from Meltham: calls additionally at Meltham Morrisons and ends at Blackmoorfoot.
Monday to Saturday from Slaithwaite: only journey runs each afternoon from Slaithwaite to Meltham.

Timetable at  Metro       Timetables (.pdf format) at  Stotts Coach Travel

911 Monday to Saturday

Meltham Morrisons and village turning circle - Wilshaw - Honley Village centre, Honley Bridge and station Penistone Line -

then alternating route
- Farnley Tyas - Thurstonland - Brockholes - or
- Brockholes - Thurstonland - Farnley Tyas -

- Honley Station Penistone Line, Honley Bridge and village centre - Wilshaw - Meltham Village turning circle and Morrisons

Timetable at  Metro     Timetables (.pdf format) at  Stotts Coach Travel

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

933 Monday to Saturday morning to afternoon, regular service

Meltham - Local circular service calling at Meltham Turning Circle, Broadlands, Highfield Crescent, Meltham Mills, Deacon Close,
Westfield Avenue, Birmingham Lane, Mill Moor Road, Wessenden Head Road

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

Meltham has HD9 postcode addresses for which Holmfirth is the postal town, but a separate town four miles away by road. Unless you place absolute dependance on a full correct postcode, Meltham is a very essential part of the address as there are duplicate street names on different roads, notably Huddersfield Road, in the two locations.

Drive time to nearest A&E hospitals:

22 min Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
30 min Tameside Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne
34 min Royal Oldham Hospital
36 min Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax
37 min Barnsley Hospital
45 min Dewsbury and District Hospital ~
49 min Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield
51 min Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
56 min Bradford Royal Infirmary
57 min Leeds General Infirmary

Random point in time survey (Meltham: Mon Jan 25, 2016, 08.54). 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, Marsden, 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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