View of Mytholmroyd from the north
Mytholmroyd shown within West Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Hebden Royd|
|Metropolitan county||West Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||HEBDEN BRIDGE|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Calder Valley|
Mytholmroyd // is a town in Hebden Royd within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, in West Yorkshire, England. It lies 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Hebden Bridge and 6.7 miles (10.8 km) west of Halifax.
Mytholmroyd, recorded in the 13th century as Mithomrode, refers to a clearing where two rivers meet, and is derived from the Old English (ge)mȳthum (inflected form of (ge)mȳthe, "river mouth"), plus rodu ("field" or "clearing"). The l was probably inserted out of confusion with the common place-name element holm, Old Norse for a small island or eyot. "Mytholm" means two rivers meeting, where "Royd" is a clearing for settlement, together meaning a clearing where the two rivers meet.
During the late 18th century, the valley to the south, known as Cragg Vale, was home to a gang of counterfeiters known as the Cragg Coiners. The gang's leader, David Hartley, or King David as he was known, was found guilty of the 1769 murder of excise official William Dighton and was hanged at the York Tyburn on 28 April 1770. Two other gang members were also executed for their part in the murder.
The town today
The town is now known to locals as 'Royd'. The town's population is roughly 4,600. Mytholmroyd is prone to flooding, and in 2012 floodwaters breached the defense wall onto the A646. The town suffered flooding in 2012 with the floodwaters closing popular town venues such as The Dusty Miller and Coiners Restaurant.
The town is part of the Valley of Lights festival every year. The town also holds markets, performances at the St. Michael's Enterprise Centre, antique shows and fairs, together with events at the sports and leisure centre and at the Ted Hughes Theatre.
The town is served by Mytholmroyd railway station, located on New Road.
Elphin Brook passing under the Caldervale Line Railway viaduct
New Road passing under the Caldervale Line Railway viaduct
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- Goodall, Armitage (1913). Place-names of South-West Yorkshire. Cambridge University Press. p. 216.
- "Calderdale history timeline 1100 - 1400AD". Calderdale Council. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- mytholmrod.net Ted Hughes theatre
- "Hebweb news 2007: Robbie Coltrane comes 2nd in World Dock Pudding championship". Hebden Bridge Web. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
At a district level Mytholmroyd Urban District Council was set up in 1894. In 1937 it merged with Hebden Bridge Urban District Council to become Hebden Royd Urban District Council. At a county level Mytholmroyd was administered by the West Riding County Council. Both of these were abolished as part of the reforms introduced in the Local Government Act 1972. They were replaced with West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council and Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council. The Hebden Royd Town Council area forms a civil parish. West Yorkshire County Council was abolished in 1986, leaving Mytholmroyd with a borough and town council.
Eric Harrison, Footballer
- Ted Hughes, English Poet Laureate
- Innes Ireland, Racing driver and Grand Prix winner
- Jane Lumb, actress and fashion model
- "Luddendenfoot". 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
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