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Ovenden railway building
Ovenden is located in West Yorkshire
Ovenden shown within West Yorkshire
Population12,351 (Ward. 2011)
OS grid referenceSE081274
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHALIFAX
Postcode districtHX3,HX2
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
List of places
53°44′36″N 1°52′40″W / 53.743241°N 1.877863°W / 53.743241; -1.877863Coordinates: 53°44′36″N 1°52′40″W / 53.743241°N 1.877863°W / 53.743241; -1.877863

Ovenden is a village in West Yorkshire, England, next to Boothtown and Illingworth about a mile from Halifax town centre. It is also a Calderdale Ward whose population at the 2011 Census was 12,351.[1]

Ovenden railway station on the Halifax and Ovenden Junction Railway Line closed in 1955 to passengers but the line remained open until 1960 to allow freight train to access St Paul's station on the west side of Halifax.[2]

Ovenden rugby league club competed in the National Conference League up until 2015 before having to withdraw due to a lack of players and finance.[3] Similarly, Ovenden West Riding football team folded in August 2016 for the same reason of not having enough players to field a team.[4]

The Ridings School in Ovenden gained national notoriety as one of the worst schools in the UK. It closed in 2009 and parts of it have been converted into a doctors surgery and sports centre with rest of the school leased to a not-for-profit organisation, Threeways, who plan to open a community hub with fitness, sport and entertainment facilities.[5]

Champion Jack Dupree[edit]

In the 1970s and 1980s, Ovenden was the home of New Orleans blues and boogie woogie pianist Champion Jack Dupree.[6] A bronze plaque has been erected in his memory.[7]


  1. ^ "Calderdale Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ Armour, Chris. "Ovenden". Disused Stations. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Rugby League: Ovenden pull out of National Conference League". Halifax Courier. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Prolific winners Ovenden WR fold". Halifax Courier. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Halifax Ridings School site in community takeover". BBC News. BBC. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Story of a boxing Champion". Halifax Courier. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Small Town Saturday Night". HebWeb News. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ovenden at Wikimedia Commons