View from Thongsbridge towards Castle Hill
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Thongsbridge is a small village in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire, England. It is in the semi-rural Holme Valley and the village boundaries merge into the neighbouring communities of Holmfirth, New Mill and Wooldale. According to the 2001 Census, it covers an area of 124.7 hectares (308 acres).
The name of the village is derived from the old Viking word ‘thong’ meaning a strip of land.
One of the first records of Thongsbridge is from the early 13th century when the area was owned by the Bisset family. The village expanded in the early days of the industrial revolution, its location, within the steep-sided valley, being ideal for the water powered textile mills.
The homes and businesses located in the valley bottom were affected by a number of floods that affected the Holme Valley. The Holmfirth Flood of 1852 being amongst the most severe, with a number of houses and parts of the local textile mill being swept away.
The village originally had a station on the railway branch line going from Brockholes and terminating in Holmfirth built by Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway company in 1850. The railway partially closed in 1959 with passenger services being stopped and then finally shut down to freight trains as well in 1965. The goods yard and railway trackbed have now mostly been built on but can still be seen in places.
On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield, passed through the village.
Leisure facilities in the village include fitness centres located at the nearby Holmfirth High School Sports Centre and Thongsbridge tennis club, which is located in the valley bottom, adjacent to the cricket club [ permanent dead link ] and bowling club. Thongsbridge Cricket Club [ permanent dead link ] was formed in 1860 and was one of the founding members of the Huddersfield and District Alliance League in 1893. More history about Thongsbridge Cricket Club can be found on Thongsbridge Cricket History Thongsbridge Tennis Club is one of the most progressive and dynamic tennis clubs in Britain. Website Since mid 2008, Holme Valley black belt academy has been set up in the old Thongsbridge mills (previously at the Holmfirth Civic hall)
Thongsbridge is part of the Colne Valley constituency, which has been represented by Thelma Walker (Labour) since the 2017 general election. The constituency was previously represented by Jason McCartney (Conservative, 2010–2017), and before that by Kali Mountford (Labour, 1997–2010).
At a local level, the village is part of the Holme Valley South Ward which has 3 councillors who represent the area at Kirklees Council. The Metropolitan District Council is responsible for all aspects of local services and policy, including planning, transport, roads (except trunk roads and motorways), public rights of way, education, social services and libraries. The 3 Holme Valley South Councillors are currently Donald Firth (Conservative), Kenneth Sims (Conservative) and Nigel Patrick (Conservative).
The village of Thongsbridge is adjacent to the town of Holmfirth and is also surrounded by several villages. These neighbouring settlements include:- Netherthong, Honley, Brockholes, New Mill, and Wooldale.
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