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Population1,220  [1]
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Dialling code 01484
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53°35′04″N1°46′24″W / 53.5844°N 1.7733°W / 53.5844; -1.7733 Coordinates: 53°35′04″N1°46′24″W / 53.5844°N 1.7733°W / 53.5844; -1.7733

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).

Kirklees Metropolitan borough in England

Kirklees is a local government district of West Yorkshire, England, governed by Kirklees Council with the status of a metropolitan borough. The largest town and administrative centre of Kirklees is Huddersfield, and the district also includes Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite. Kirklees had a population of 422,500 in 2011 and is therefore the most populous borough in England that is not a city; it is also the third largest metropolitan district by area behind Doncaster and Leeds.

West Yorkshire County of England

West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is an inland and in relative terms upland county having eastward-draining valleys while taking in moors of the Pennines and has a population of 2.2 million. West Yorkshire came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972.

Holme Valley civil parish in West Yorkshire, UK

Holme Valley is a large civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire, England. It has a population of 25,049, increasing to 34,680 for the two wards in the 2011 Census. Its administrative centre is in Holmfirth. Other sizeable settlements in the parish include, Brockholes, Honley and New Mill. It is named from the River Holme that runs through the parish.



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.

Flood Overflow of water that submerges land that is not normally submerged

A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land that is usually dry. In the sense of "flowing water", the word may also be applied to the inflow of the tide. Floods are an area of study of the discipline hydrology and are of significant concern in agriculture, civil engineering and public health.

Textile Material produced by twining, weaving, felting, knotting, or otherwise processing natural or synthetic fibers

A textile is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibers. Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, hemp, or other materials to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting or tatting, felting, or braiding.

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.

Brockholes village in West Yorkshire, England

Brockholes is a small village in West Yorkshire, England, in the administrative area of Kirklees Metropolitan Council and Holme Valley Parish Council. The village of Honley borders to the immediate north of the village and Holmfirth lies to the south. Brockholes is within the Postal district of Holmfirth.

Holmfirth town in West Yorkshire, England

Holmfirth is a small town on the A6024 Woodhead Road in the Holme Valley, within the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. Centred upon the confluence of the Holme and Ribble rivers, Holmfirth is 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Huddersfield and 13 miles (21 km) northeast of Glossop. It mostly consists of stone-built cottages nestled in the Pennine hills. The Peak District National Park around Holme Moss is 4 miles (6.4 km) to the south of the town.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway British pre-grouping railway company

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR) was a major British railway company before the 1923 Grouping. It was incorporated in 1847 from an amalgamation of several existing railways. It was the third-largest railway system based in Northern England.

On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield, passed through the village. [2]

Tour de France Cycling competition

The Tour de France is an annual men's multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally passing through nearby countries. Like the other Grand Tours, it consists of 21 day-long stages over the course of 23 days. It has been described as "the world’s most prestigious and most difficult bicycle race".

Leisure facilities

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).

Colne Valley (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1885 onwards

Colne Valley is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2017 by Thelma Walker of the Labour Party. The seat has been won by three different parties' candidates by a marginal majority since the 1992 general election, the last occasion when the winning majority exceeded 10% of the votes cast.

Thelma Walker British politician; Labour Party MP for Colne Valley constituency, first elected at the 2017 general election.

Thelma Doris Walker is a British politician, and the Labour Party MP for Colne Valley constituency, who was elected at the 2017 general election defeating the incumbent Conservative MP Jason McCartney.

Jason McCartney (politician) British politician

Jason Alexander McCartney is a former TV sports reporter, British Conservative Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Colne Valley in West Yorkshire from 2010-2017.

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). [3]

Surrounding villages

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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  1. Area Profile 2008, Kirkless Metropolitan Council. Kirklees Ward Profile Thongsbridge 2008 Archived 2003-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Tour de France Stage 1". Archived from the original on 2014-07-25. Retrieved 15 July 2014.