Lightcliffe is a village in the Calderdale district in West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated approximately three miles east of Halifax and two miles north west of Brighouse.[1] Lightcliffe was a separate parish in 1846 in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[2]

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Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe
Lightcliffe is located in Calderdale
Lightcliffe is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population11,308 (Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Ward)
OS grid referenceSE140253
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHALIFAX
Postcode districtHX3
Dialling code01422
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°43′27″N 1°47′21″W / 53.72428°N 1.78926°W / 53.72428; -1.78926Coordinates: 53°43′27″N 1°47′21″W / 53.72428°N 1.78926°W / 53.72428; -1.78926

Lightcliffe is a dormitory village for people working in Halifax, Brighouse, and Bradford, and commuting to Leeds, Manchester, and Sheffield.[3] It stretches along the Wakefield and Leeds roads, surrounded by fields and rolling countryside. Lightcliffe feels very established and green – with many mature trees and large houses. Lightcliffe's main park, "the Stray", is 11 acres of lawn and trees and contains a war memorial erected in 1923.[4] In April 1937, an avenue of trees was planted in the park to commemorate King George VI's coronation.[4] Towards the village centre is the cricket club. There are two golf clubs, the long established Lightcliffe Golf Club and Crow's Nest Golf Club.

The oldest part of the village contains the Sun Inn – a former coaching inn, along what was in antiquity the main road to London. The new Lightcliffe Anglican church, St Matthew's, was built in 1875 to replace the old church. It is a Gothic Revival building, with an embattled parapet which is reminiscent of a medieval castle.[5]

Lightcliffe Academy is a secondary school serving the area. Lightcliffe Church of England Primary School is located in an old stone building and Cliffe Hill Primary has newer premises.

Sir Titus Salt, a wealthy businessman known for having built the village of Saltaire, as well as owning a mill there, once lived in a large house, Crow Nest. The house was a former home of Ann Walker, partner of Anne Lister, the latter of whom was also known as "Gentleman Jack". Crow Nest has since been demolished, and its grounds are now a golf course. Walker is buried a short distance away, across the road at the site of Old St Matthew's Churchyard. Old St Matthew's Church has since been replaced by a newer Church of St Matthew. Walker also once lived at Lydgate House, now surrounded by a residential street called Lydgate Park, and formerly alongside Crow Nest. Walker and her family also lived at Cliffe Hill, which still survives[citation needed] .

On Leeds Road is situated the URC church – now converted to offices. A feature of this church is that it contained a peal of bells – unusual for a nonconformist church. It has a tall steeple and stained glass. The church congregation has joined with Hipperholme Methodist Church to form a Local Ecumenical Partnership worshipping at Christ Church at the main Crossroads.

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  1. ^ "Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High School and Bogra Govt Girls' High School partnership". British Council. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Lightcliffe". Online Visual Archive of Calderdale History ( Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Profile on...". Yorkshire Post (9 May 2011). Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Stray (B) Lightcliffe". Online Visual Archive of Calderdale History ( Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Matthew (1300120)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 March 2014.