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 2011 Census it had a population of 6,474, a growth of 577 from the 2001 Census
Honley village centre
|Population||5,897 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||160 mi (260 km) SSE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
The annual Honley Agricultural Show 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.
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. 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 with remnants of a set of village stocks. Though an earlier building was possibly constructed in 1503.
Honley F.C. fields junior teams at under-6 level to under-17 levels. The teams play in the Huddersfield Junior Football League, and play competitive seven-a-side matches from under-7s to under-10s and eleven-a-side matches from under-11s to under-17s. 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.
- General, Sir Clement Armitage, General Officer Commanding 1st Infantry Division
- Biff Byford, singer with heavy metal band Saxon.
- Alonzo Drake (Yorkshire County Cricketer, born c.1885 d. 14 February 1919) Buried in Honley Cemetery.
- John Dyson (1913–1991), first-class cricketer
- Mary A Jagger, (1849-1936), Author of The History of Honley published in 1914. She was also the first woman Postmistress in England.
- France Littlewood (1863–1941), was a socialist activist.
- Captain Sydney Liversedge (1897–1979), First World War flying ace, was born in Honley.
- Dora Thewlis (1880–1976), suffragette, was born in Honley.
- David Bintley Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Japan. Born in Honley and former head of Maths at Honley High School.
- Jon Stead, professional footballer currently playing for Harrogate Town.
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- Mary's Church guide
- Huddersfield RCD Junior Football League
- Honley Junior Football club
- Huddersfield & District Association Football League
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