Copley, West Yorkshire

Copley is a village in the metropolitan borough of Calderdale, in the county of West Yorkshire, England, south of Halifax and east of Sowerby Bridge. It is situated by the River Calder and the Calder and Hebble Navigation canal.

Copley from Greetland
Copley is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE0822
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHALIFAX
Postcode districtHX3
Dialling code01422
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°41′53″N 1°52′16″W / 53.698°N 1.871°W / 53.698; -1.871Coordinates: 53°41′53″N 1°52′16″W / 53.698°N 1.871°W / 53.698; -1.871


It was served by Copley railway station from 1856 to 1931.[1]

Today the village has a hairdressers, a health spa, a garage, Land Rover and Camper Van dealerships and one pub, The Volunteer Arms. A newsagent/general store was formerly located in the centre of the village; however, it closed in mid-2012 due to both the cancellation of The Courier Newspaper and decrease in trade with the local community, which brought in most of their revenue.

The village has two sports clubs, Copley Cricket Club and the Old Rishworthian rugby team. Both clubs are well established and Old Rishworthians currently play in Yorkshire 2 (level 8) of the RFU National League structure. Both clubs are located in picturesque settings with the Calder and Hebble Navigation to the north and the River Calder to the south. The main Leeds to Manchester railway line is near both grounds. Sporting events are held at both locations, as well as various other special functions throughout the year. The most notable of these is the annual fireworks display held each year at the Cricket Club in early November.

One of the key computer data centres for Lloyds Banking Group is located a few miles outside the village. This was formerly the main data centre for HBOS before the merger between Lloyds and HBOS.


St. Stephen's Church was built on Copley Lane, but just over the river from Copley in the village of Greetland, as the rector of Halifax did not want it built in his parish.[2] It was designed by local architect W. H. Crossland in a French inspired Gothic style.[3]


  1. ^ Burgess, Neil (2014). The lost railways of Yorkshire's West Riding. The central section : Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Wakefield. Catrine: Stenlake. p. 92. ISBN 9781840336573.
  2. ^ "Colonel Edward Akroyd". 2003. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  3. ^ "The Churches Conservation Trust, St Stephen, Copley". Archived from the original on 17 March 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009.

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