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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Honley is a large village in West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated near to Holmfirth and Huddersfield, and on the banks of the River Holme in the Holme Valley. According to the 2001 Census it had a population of 5,897.

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The annual Honley Agricultural Show[1] takes place on the second Saturday of June. The show has used farmland between Honley and Meltham, and more recently farmland in Farnley Tyas. Honley has both female and male voice choirs.

There are three schools in the village. Honley Infant and Nursery School for ages 3–7, Honley Junior School for ages 7–11 and Honley High School which after abolishing its sixth form college is now for ages 11–16.[2]



Honley railway station opened on 1 July 1850, on the Penistone Line. It connects the village to Huddersfield and Sheffield with an hourly service.


There are regular bus services to Huddersfield, Holmfirth and Meltham. Most bus services are operated by the First West Yorkshire and Tiger Blue who are based in the railway station's former goods yard.


The parish church is St Mary's, a Grade II listed mostly Victorian church, constructed in 1843 by Robert Dennis Chantrell, with later additions in 1888 and 1909.[3] The church was built on the remains of an earlier church, known as 'Old Peg' built in 1759. It is surrounded by a burial ground containing inscribed tombstones[4] with remnants of a set of village stocks. Though an earlier building was possibly constructed in 1503.[5]


Honley F.C. fields junior teams at under-6 level to under-17 levels. The teams play in the Huddersfield Junior Football League,[6] and play competitive seven-a-side matches from under-7s to under-10s and eleven-a-side matches from under-11s to under-17s.[7] An adult side with three teams plays in the Huddersfield and District Association Football League. The 'A' team is in the second division, the 'B' team in reserve division one, and the 'C' team in reserve division three.[8]

On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield, passed through the village.[9]

Notable people



  1. ^ "Honley Show Society Ltd / Honley Show, West Yorkshire". 12 June 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  2. ^ Tuck, Steven (June 2009). "Kirklees Council". Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary the Virgin (1313556)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  4. ^ Honley cemetery inscriptions Archived 8 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Mary's Church guide
  6. ^ Huddersfield RCD Junior Football League
  7. ^ Honley Junior Football club
  8. ^ Huddersfield & District Association Football League
  9. ^ "Tour de France Stage 1". Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  10. ^ Armitage, Charles Clement. Who's Who (online December 2017 ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U151801. closed access publication – behind paywall
  11. ^ Glover, Chloe (30 August 2014). "Saxon's Biff Byford: He's sold 15 million albums, influenced Metallica and toured the world - but did you know he was from Huddersfield?". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  12. ^ Howell, David (1983). British workers and the Independent Labour Party, 1888-1906. Manchester: Manchester University Press. p. 309. ISBN 0-7190-1791-2.
  13. ^ Atkinson, Neil (25 June 2014). "New tributes to Honley's brave war heroes". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  14. ^ Bellamy, Alison (8 December 2018). "Jewel of the Valley". The Yorkshire Post. Country Week. p. 13. ISSN 0963-1496.
  15. ^ "Lifestyle, Denis Kilcommons about David Bintley". Huddersfield Examiner. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Huddersfield Town 3 Leeds United 2: Stead bags Terriers winner". The Yorkshire Post. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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