Holmfirth, Huddersfield .
Holmfirth is a small town located in the Holme Valley, within the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire; it is centred upon the confluence of the Holme and Ribble rivers; it mostly consists of stone built cottages nestled in the Pennine hills; ancient documents have the town's name spelt 'Holm Frith' which can be translated as 'Holly Wood', though the word "Firth" is an old English name meaning 'wood and woodland' indicating the name means Holme woods; the Peak District National Park around Holme Moss is 4 miles (6.4 kilometres) to the south of the town.
Holmfirth constitutes a town of its own
almost seven miles (11 kilometres) south of the larger town of Huddersfield;
while the town of Holmfirth itself is comparatively small, it is surrounded
by several hamlets and villages; these neighbouring settlements are
often collectively referred to as "Holmfirth" and include
Austonley, Arrunden, Burnlee, Cinderhills, Cliff, Deanhouse, Gully,
Flushhouse, Hade Edge, Thongsbridge, Upperthong & Washpit, many
of which are located on Cartworth Moor.
During the early 1900s Holmfirth was well-known for film making; the West Yorkshire film industry, for a time, surpassed that of Hollywood in terms of productivity and originality; it was also home to pioneering film-making by the Bamforth & Co Ltd, which later switched to the production of Saucy Seaside Postcards; although around the time of the First World War, they also produced postcards of a more sober nature; the printing works on Station Road has now been converted into residential flats.
The TV Slaithwaite based drama, Where the Heart Is, has been filmed in and around the area; but more famously, Holmfirth, and its surrounding countryside, is the setting for the BBC's long running comedy Last of the Summer Wine, starring Bill Owen as 'Compo' and Kathy Staff as 'Nora Batty' and her famous 'Wrinkled Stocking'; thousands of tourists flock to the area each year to enjoy scenery and locations familiar from the series.
Holmfirth's Film Festival and Festival
of Folk are held every May and its Arts Festival takes place over two
weeks in June; Holmfirth Art Week, with its July exhibition in the Civic
Hall, raises money for the Macmillan Cancer Relief; the town is also
home to the galleries of the artists Ashley Jackson and Trevor Stubley.
Local men who served and died in World War I and World War II are commemorated on the Holme Valley war memorial found outside Holme Valley Memorial Hospital.