Ripponden is a village and civil parish on the River Ryburn near Halifax in West Yorkshire, England. Historically it was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Its population was 6,412 at the time of the 2001 Census,[1] and 7,421 in 2011.[2]

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St Bartholomew's Church
Ripponden is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population7,421 (2011)
OS grid referenceSE035195
Civil parish
  • Ripponden
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtHX6
Dialling code01422
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°40′19″N 1°56′46″W / 53.672°N 1.946°W / 53.672; -1.946Coordinates: 53°40′19″N 1°56′46″W / 53.672°N 1.946°W / 53.672; -1.946

Ripponden is the main settlement in a small group of villages (Barkisland, Ripponden, Rishworth and Soyland) whose citizens are represented on Ripponden Parish Council.[3] The area is a substantial part of the Ryburn Ward, itself part of Calderdale metropolitan borough.[4]

Ripponden and its villages were formerly served by the Rishworth branch line from Sowerby Bridge; Ripponden and Barkisland railway station closed to passengers in 1929 and the line was closed completely in 1958.[5]

The area is of archaeological note as it is rich in neolithic and Bronze Age remains.[6] At nearby Ringstone Edge can be found a small stone circle.[7]

The Beehive Inn

Ripponden is the terminus of the annual Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival.[8]

The village is on the route of the Calderdale Way, a 50-mile (80 km) circular walk around the hills and valleys of Calderdale.[9]

The Old Bridge Inn[10] in the village is the home of an annual pork pie competition.[11][12][13] The Old Bridge, or Waterloo Bridge, near the Inn is on the old packhorse road through the village and is also known as the Packhorse Bridge.[14]

On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France, from York to Sheffield, passed through the village. On leaving Ripponden at the 112.5 kilometres (69.9 mi) point, riders undertook the third climb of the stage, the Category 3 Côte de Ripponden. It was 1.3 kilometres (0.81 mi) long with an average gradient of 8.6%. The first rider over the top to claim two points in the King of the Mountains competition was Cyril Lemoine of Cofidis. The other point available was claimed by David De La Cruz Melgarejo.[15]

Notable peopleEdit


The village has a football team Ryburn United. Stones Cricket Club play near the village and are members of the Halifax Cricket League.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Calderdale". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Welcome". Ripponden Parish Council. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Ryburn ward map - Resources". Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  5. ^ Burgess, Neil (2014). The lost railways of Yorkshire's West Riding (1 ed.). Catrine: Stenlake. p. 66. ISBN 9781840336573.
  6. ^ "Relics are found in Ripponden reservoir". Halifax Courier. Johnstone Publishing. 28 October 2014. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2016. An exciting discovery made at a reservoir in Ripponden has given a new insight into the lives of prehistoric civilizations in the area
  7. ^ Bennett, Paul (9 September 2009). "Ringstone Edge Cairn Circle". The Northern Antiquarian. Archived from the original on 11 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. If we visit this site today, all we are left with is a scattered mass (or perhaps that should that be ‘mess’) of many hundreds of stones
  8. ^ "Rushbearing Festival is one of a kind". Halifax Courier. Johnstone Publishing. 11 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2 January 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. The weekend drew to a close as the procession arrived in Ripponden
  9. ^ Hannon, Paul (2001). Calderdale way (2 ed.). Hillside. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-870141-71-0.
  10. ^ Historic England. "The Bridge Inn (542485)". PastScape. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Pork Pie Battle Hits Ripponden". 15 January 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Events & Festivals". Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Ripponden pub hosts 23rd annual pork pie competition". Halifax Courier. Johnstone Publishing. 11 September 2015. Archived from the original on 12 August 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2016. Professional and amateur pork pie enthusiasts battled it out in an annual pork pie competition
  14. ^ Historic England. "Ripponden Old Bridge (47498)". PastScape. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Tour de France Stage 2". Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Newtown. The Late Mr. James Walton". Shrewsbury Chronicle. 30 November 1883.
  17. ^ "1933 Who's Who in British Aviation: Name B". Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  18. ^ Feynman, Richard P. (2005). Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman. Basic Books. ISBN 978-0465023714.

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