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 1.2 miles (1.9 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 defence 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.
Mytholmroyd has many business / retail parks and a high street in the town centre with mainly independent shops including a gift shop, garden shop, post office, sweet shop, hardware shop, travel centre, launderette, hair salons and take aways. There are also many eating venues including Aux Delacies Bistro & Wine Bar, Milly's Bistro, Riverside Cafe, the Hinchcliffe Arms, the Shoulder of Mutton and more.
There is a medical complex including a dental practice, pharmacy, health centre, opticians and more.
Elphin Brook passing under the Caldervale Line railway viaduct
New Road passing under the Caldervale Line railway viaduct
The town is served by Mytholmroyd railway station, located on New Road.
The town has two main bus stops in the town centre- recently equipped with departure screens, new shelters, toilets and seating. The bus services offer direct services to Cragg Vale, Rishworth, Huddersfield, Hebden Bridge, Rochdale, Halifax, Burnley, Todmorden, Sowerby Bridge and more. There is a large taxi rank based in the town and also cycling is very popular in the area since recent investment including the resurfacing of the Rochdale Canal and Route 66 Cycleway and Le Tour de France passing through the town. The Tour de Yorkshire now also passes through the town, including Cragg Vale, also in Mytholmroyd, the longest continuous climb in the country- and also the longest line of bunting hung from the bottom to the top of the road, this was verified in 2014 by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Leeds Airport is accessible by Rail from Mytholmroyd.
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
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- Goodall, Armitage (1913). Place-names of South-West Yorkshire. Cambridge University Press. p. 216.
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- mytholmrod.net  Ted Hughes theatre
- "Hebweb news 2007: Robbie Coltrane comes 2nd in World Dock Pudding championship". Hebden Bridge Web. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
- "Luddendenfoot". 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
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