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Thongsbridge is a village in the Holme Valley, about 4 miles south of Huddersfield (5.5 miles by road) and about 1 mile north north east of Holmfirth.

The village grew around a bridge over the river Holme and the mill built there. The dyehouse and other buildings at the mill were swept away in the Holmfirth Flood of 1852, when the Bilberry Dam above Holmbridge burst. The mill buildings were subsequently replaced and have now been divided and converted to offer space for a wide range of businesses as the Thongsbridge Mills Business Centre. One of the newer buildings near the mill had been used as a carpet shop and is now the base of a vet's surgery.

Between 1850 and 1959, Thongsbridge had its own station and goods yard on the line to Holmfirth which branched from the Huddersfield-Penistone-Sheffield line near Brockholes. The line was closed in 1959 and dismantled in 1966 and there has now been a large amount of building on the former trackbed between Thongsbridge and Holmfirth.

In recent years there has been a large expansion of housing in Thongsbridge, but its two tree-named pubs at opposite end of the village, The Royal Oak in Huddersfield Road and Sycamore in New Mill Road, were closed and redeveloped, its post office was moved down the road to Holmfirth Garage and its St Andrew Church was recently sold as a residential conversion opportunity.

The village has an active sporting life with a tennis club, cricket club and fitness centre.

Around Thongsbridge

Wooldale Co-op has a branch in Springwood Road.
Holmfirth High School is in Heys Road, Thongsbridge.  Holmfirth High School website
Thongsbridge Tennis and Fitness Club is at Miry Lane, offering tennis and coaching from three years old upwards, and a fitness studio.  Thongsbridge Tennis and Fitness Club website

Thongsbridge Cricket Club is in Miry Lane. The club plays in the Huddersfield Drakes Cricket League and also has junior teams from under-9s upwards and a ladies team.  Thongsbridge Cricket Club web pages

Full Life Church has its base in Miry Lane in a unit next to the Thongsbridge Mills Business Centre.  Full Life Church website
Thongsbridge is in the Holme Valley South ward of the metropolitan district of Kirklees.  Kirklees Council website

It is also in the civil parish run by Holme Valley Parish Council.  Holme Valley Parish Council website


Bus services

via Miry Lane and Springwood Road:

H6 Monday - Saturday daytime

Holmfirth Bus station - Wooldale Town End Road, Lower Town End Road, Pell Lane, Wooldale Road, Little Lane, Robert Lane - Thongsbridge Springwood Road, Woodlands Avenue, Luke Lane - Brockholes Oakes Avenue, Oakes Lane, New Mill Road - Thongsbridge Luke Lane, Miry Lane, Huddersfield Road - Holme Valley Memorial Hospital - Holmfirth Bus station

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


Huddersfield Bus station - Primrose Hill Cross Lane* - Newsome - Berry Brow Waingate and Parkgate - Hangingstone Road* - Honley Bridge - Honley village centre, Bradshaw Road

- Oldfield - Netherthong - Holme Valley Memorial Hosp. - Thongsbridge - Holmfirth Bus sta.

Monday to Friday daytime: Alternate service to Honley or Holmfirth. *Honley services via Newsome Road and Woodhead Road. Holmfirth services via Cross Lane at Primrose Hill and Hangingstone Road at Berry Brow, except two early morning services via Newsome Road, NOT Cross Lane.
Monday to Friday evening: Services to Honley only via Cross Lane at Primrose Hill and Hangingstone Road at Berry Brow.
Saturday daytime: All services to Holmfirth via Cross Lane at Primrose Hill and Hangingstone Road at Berry Brow, except two early morning services via Newsome Road, not Cross Lane.
Saturday evening: Services to Honley only via Cross Lane at Primrose Hill and Hangingstone Road at Berry Brow.
Sunday services: Services to Honley only via Cross Lane at Primrose Hill but NOT via Hangingstone Road at Berry Brow.

Timetable at  Metro     Service information at  First

via Huddersfield Road:


310 Huddersfield bus station - Lockwood - Honley Bridge - Thongsbridge (Huddersfield Road) - Holmfirth - Scholes - Hepworth

via New Mill Road:

For services at New Mill Road see Wooldale.

Drive time to nearest A&E hospitals:

23 min Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
27 min Barnsley Hospital
35 min Tameside Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne
38 min Royal Oldham Hospital
39 min Dewsbury and District Hospital ~
40 min Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield
41 min Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
42 min Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax
51 min Leeds General Infirmary
58 min Bradford Royal Infirmary

Random point in time survey (Thongsbridge: Tue Jan 26, 2016, 17.35). 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, 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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