Copley, West Yorkshire

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Coordinates: 53°41′53″N 1°52′16″W / 53.698°N 1.871°W / 53.698; -1.871

Copley
Copley-by-Humphrey-Bolton.jpg
Copley from Greetland
Copley is located in West Yorkshire
Copley
Copley
 Copley shown within West Yorkshire
Population 1,541 
OS grid reference SE0822
Metropolitan borough Calderdale
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HALIFAX
Postcode district HX3
Dialling code 01422
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Halifax
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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, by the River Calder and the Calder and Hebble Navigation. It is known locally for the odour from the sewage works.

History[edit]

It is the site of a community predating Sir Titus Salt's Saltaire near Bradford. Beginning in 1849, Colonel Edward Akroyd, a woollen mill owner, built a mill with decent houses for the workforce, as well as a canteen, a school, a library and a church.

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

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 formally located in the centre of the village closed in mid-2012.

The village contains two sports venues, Copley Cricket Club and Old Rishworthian RUFC . Rugby team. Both clubs are well established and Old Rishworthians currently play in Yorkshire 2 (level 8) of the RFU National League structure.Both the cricket and Rugby club are based in picturesque settings with the Leeds Canal to the north and the River Calder to the south. The main Leeds to Manchester railway line is near both grounds.Events are held at both locations, as well as various other special functions throughout the year, most notably 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 (LBG) are located a few miles outside the village. This was formerly the main data centre for HBOS before the merger.

Religion[edit]

St. Stephen's Church was built on Copley Lane, but just over the river in Greetland, as the rector of Halifax did not want it built in his parish.[1] It was designed by local architect W. H. Crossland in a French inspired Gothic style.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colonel Edward Akroyd". 2003. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Churches Conservation Trust, St Stephen, Copley.". Retrieved 17 May 2009. 

External links[edit]

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