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Mixenden tower blocks (11th July 2010).jpg
Mixenden Tower Blocks
Mixenden is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population12,739 (Ward. Illingworth and Mixenden. 2011)
OS grid referenceSE061284
• London170 mi (270 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHALIFAX
Postcode districtHX2
Dialling code01422
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°45′32″N 1°54′14″W / 53.759°N 1.904°W / 53.759; -1.904Coordinates: 53°45′32″N 1°54′14″W / 53.759°N 1.904°W / 53.759; -1.904

Mixenden is a village in Calderdale, on the outskirts of Halifax in the county of West Yorkshire, England. The name Mixenden derives from the Anglo Saxon 'mixen' (compost or dung heap) and 'den' usually refers to pasture land, usually for pigs.

Mixenden Reservoir

During the 1970s, after the building of tower blocks in Mixenden, social problems and unemployment led to a tarnished reputation. Although much has been done to regenerate the area, its isolation from other neighbourhoods and its position, 3 miles (5 km) north-west of Halifax, continues to contribute to a social separation from the rest of Calderdale.

At one time like many other villages it boasted of 3 pubs, a nightclub, 3 fish and chip shops, numerous family businesses including a butcher's, a baker's, a newsagent's, a grocer's, a garage with petrol, a doctors' surgery, a library and two factories, two churches and two schools. Not many of these are left and the one remaining pub, the Crown and Anchor, called last orders in 2010 and was later converted into cottages.

Currently in Mixenden there are two public schools, three newsagent's with off licences, one launderette, one fish and chip shop, two pizza/Indian takeaways, one Chinese takeaway, two sandwich shops, a library, a council-funded activity centre and a doctors' surgery (Caritas Group Practice Mixenden).

There are also numerous public children's play areas that are maintained by Calderdale Council.

To the north-west of the village is a large reservoir that is maintained by Yorkshire Water.[1]

As of January 2017, The councillors for the Mixenden Ward are Clr Barry Collins, Clr Lisa Lambert and Clr Daniel Sutherland.

See also


  1. ^ "Ogden Water Country Park & Nature Reserve",, Individual registered web site

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