St James Parish Church and mills near the centre of Slaithwaite Slaithwaite in the Colne Valley Globe Mills, Slaithwaite

Slaithwaite


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Slaithwaite is in the heart of the Colne Valley around 4 miles west south-west of Huddersfield (5 miles by road).

Situated on the River Colne and Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Slaithwaite was at one time a prosperous centre of the woollen textile industry and several mill buildings still dominate the village.

Slaithwaite Viaduct, Slaithwaite Reservoir and Hill Top at Slaithwaite One of the largest, Spa Mills, built in 1907, continues in use as the premises of a fine yarn manufacturer while other mill buildings have been put to new uses, including Upper Mills where Empire Brewing is based.

Slaithwaite was used as the TV location for the ITV series "Where The Heart Is" and was also used in scenes for long-running comedy series "Last Of The Summer Wine", filmed principally around Holmfirth.

Over the past 30 years, Slaithwaite has held celebrations of its old legend of the Moonrakers. The story is one of illegal liquor being hidden in the canal. The culprits having been found by militia trying to fish it out with a rake escaped arrest by saying they were raking out the moon, the reflection of which could be seen in the canal. The legend is celebrated with a lantern parade around the village during the Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival in February.

Slaithwaite village centre is at the bottom of a steep-sided valley, sandwiched between its main transport links, the trans-pennine railway and the A62 Manchester Road, while the historic Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the River Colne run through the middle of Slaithwaite.

Housing in the area is mainly terraced above the village, much of this being at Hill Top, perched above the railway line.

Community facilities in Slaithwaite include Slaithwaite Community Centre, next to St James' Church near the village centre. The village also has a fire station and a leisure centre.

Until the local government reorganisation of 1984, Slaithwaite was the centre of Colne Valley Urban District Council, based at Slaithwaite Town Hall. Unlike other such areas around Huddersfield which were incorporated into Kirklees Council it did not retain a third-tier civil parish council after reorganisation.

Around Slaithwaite

Huddersfield Narrow Canal Slaithwaite offers a wide range of village shopping including craft and gift shops, boutique and menswear clothing shops, hairdressers, antiques and interiors, motor parts, florists, hardware, charity shops, a newsagent, grocer, butcher, off-licence, general stores, washeteria, bookmakers and travel agent. Most of the shops in the centre are arranged along Carr Lane, Market Place and Britannia Road.
Slaithwaite has a Co-operative Food store and an Aldi supermarket.
Chemist shops are in Manchester Road and Carr Lane.
Slaithwaite Post Office is in Lewisham Road.
The village has a bank and building society in Carr Lane.
Around half a dozen pubs can be found close to the centre together with some cosier hostelies with good food in Slaithwaite's rural outskirts.
Slaithwaite has several cafes and restaurants offering cuisine including Mediterranean tapas, Asian, pizzas and more traditional food.
The village has fish and chip shops, a sandwich shop, indian, asian and pizza takeaways.
Slaithwaite has moorings and facilities on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. The canal was vital to the local transport of goods when it opened in 1811 but was abandoned 130 years later. It was restored and reopened in 2001 as a prominent feature running alongside the main street of the village.
The River Colne flows through the centre of Slaithwaite near to the canal.
Slaithwaite Town Hall Slaithwaite library opens on some days of the week in the Town Hall building in Carr Lane. Check opening times with the Friends of Slaithwaite Library support group.  Friends of Slaithwaite Library social media page
Colne Valley Leisure Centre in New Street, Slaithwaite, offers facilities including a swimming pool, gym and sports hall. It is run by Kirklees Active Leisure.
Slaithwaite Civic Hall Slaithwaite Civic Hall in New Street, Slaithwaite, provides a venue for events and entertainments. The Civic is now managed by the Slaithwaite Civic Hall Trust with support from the Friends of the Civic.  The Civic, Slaithwaite social media page

The renowned Colne Valley Male Voice Choir rehearses at Slaithwaite Conservative Club in Britannia Road.  Colne Valley Male Voice Choir website

Slaithwaite Spa Park beside the River Colne provides a reminder of Slaithwaite's past as a Spa. By the end of the 19th century, in addition to water from the local springs, the resort had grown to include swimming baths, gardens, a grand hall, bandstand, bowling greens and tennis courts. The Spa finally fell into neglect after being requisitioned in World War II for training soldiers, but there have been efforts in the past 10 years to improve the remaining parkland. The park has a friends group Friends of Slaithwaite Spa (FoSS).  Friends of Slaithwaite Spa social media page
Nields Junior Infant & Nursery School is in Nields Road  Nields Junior Infant & Nursery School website

Slaithwaite C of E Junior and Infant School is in Holme Lane.  Slaithwaite C of E Junior and Infant School website

St James, Slaithwaite, in Bank Gate, is the parish church of Slaithwaite with East Scammonden.  St James, Slaithwaite website

Holy Family Church in Commercial Street is in the Catholic Parish of the Holy Redeemer.  Parish of the Holy Redeemer website

Slaithwaite Methodist Church in Carr Lane is in the Huddersfield Methodist Circuit.  Huddersfield Methodist Circuit - Slaithwaite web page

Slaithwaite 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

Slaithwaite Station Road

Slaithwaite station Slaithwaite railway station is in Station Road, near to the village centre. Trans-Pennine Express rail services run from the station to Huddersfield and stations along the Huddersfield Line to Manchester Piccadilly.
Huddersfield > Slaithwaite ~ 6 min

 Northern - Slaithwaite Station and departure information at Northern website.

Bus services

Some buses operate into Slaithwaite village centre, but more frequent services operate along Manchester Road.

Operating via village centre:

181 Monday to Saturday daytime

Huddersfield Bus station - Longroyd Bridge - Thornton Lodge Manchester Road - Milnsbridge Manchester Road - Cowlersley Cowlersley Lane - Broad Oak Linthwaite Church - Linthwaite Hoyle House Fold - Slaithwaite Village centre, Hill Top - Wilberlee

Timetable at  Metro      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

New Saturday only service from September 5, 2020. Three journeys from Halifax. Two journeys from Holmfirth.

Timetables (.pdf format) at  South Pennine Community Transport

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

CHECK TIMETABLE FOR EXTENT OF JOURNEY
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

394 Monday to Saturday daytime

Huddersfield - Longroyd Bridge - Thornton Lodge Manchester Road - Milnsbridge Market Street, Scar Lane - Golcar Scar Lane, James Street, Brook Lane - Wellhouse - Slaithwaite Carr Lane, Britannia Road to Tudor Street

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

395 Monday to Saturday daytime

Huddersfield - Longroyd Bridge - Thornton Lodge Manchester Road - Milnsbridge Market Street, Scar Lane, Britannia Road - Golcar Fernlea Grove, Station Road, Brook Lane - Wellhouse - Slaithwaite Carr Lane, Britannia Road to Tudor Street

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

396 Monday to Saturday evening and Sunday daytime

Huddersfield - Longroyd Bridge - Thornton Lodge Manchester Road - Milnsbridge Market Street, Scar Lane, Britannia Road - Golcar Station Road, Brook Lane - Wellhouse - Slaithwaite New Street, Market Place, Bank Gate - Wilberlee

Timetable at  Metro       Timetables (.pdf format) at  Yorkshire Tiger

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

only at Manchester Road:

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

Road travel

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



Drive time to nearest A&E hospitals:

15 min Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
27 min Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax
31 min Royal Oldham Hospital
33 min Tameside Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne
45 min Barnsley Hospital
48 Dewsbury and District Hospital ~
61 min Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
62 min Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield
64 min Bradford Royal Infirmary
67 min Leeds General Infirmary

Random point in time survey (Slaithwaite: Tue Jan 26, 2016, 08.16). 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, Meltham, New Mill. 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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