What 2 See

Local Amenities and Interest

Brighouse Railway Station.

Brighouse Bus Station.

Brighouse Library and Art Gallery/Gardens.

Hipperholme Library.

Rastrick Library.

Brighouse Miniature Railway.

Brighouse Market.

Brighouse Swimming Baths & Fitness Centre.

 

Brighouse Railway Station.
Brighouse Railway Station. Situated on the Huddersfield side of Brighouse after going over the River Calder and through the traffic lights it is on the right hand side of Huddersfield Road surrounded in a triangle with Railway Street and Gooder Lane and also housing the Station Cafe and The Railway Inn.

The Station was originally built in 1840 and was the Main Line for Leeds to Manchester, Brighouse was at one time the main stations in the area serving Bradford as Bradford at the time did not have its own Rail Station, the Mail Line was later taken over by Lancashire and Yorkshire Railways which Brighouse became part of.

Sometime between the war years thought to be around 1923 London, Midland & Scottish Railway took control of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railways and the Brighouse Station became part of this vast line, later to become part of British Railways (BR) in 1948, and Brighouse became part of the North Easton Region Rail Line, many more direct lines were introduced adding to the decline of Brighouse Passenger Station which closed its doors in 1970 although the goods trains still used this line and Station, along with a goods yard on Birds Royd Lane, which now forms the Stations Car Park.

In 2000 Brighouse Station was re-opened and serves some local towns and cities, today Brighouse still has a direct service to Wakefield, Doncaster and London Kings Cross and local services to Huddersfield, Manchester, Bradford and Dewsbury along with other destinations.

National Rail Direct: Brighouse Station, Railway Street, Brighouse. HD6 1LE.
Phone: 03457 48 49 50

Brighouse Bus Station.
Brighouse bus Station is situated on the North side of town between the Ludenscheid Link A643 (named after the towns Twin although many locals call it the bus station bypass) and the town’s main street Commercial Street.

The old bus station was situated behind the Brighouse Town Hall and bus access from Market Street into the large station square with exiting via Briggate, although moving the bus station to the old main market site was perhaps a good move as far as taking the big faster bus’s away from the town centre, but the old bus station site should have been the new site for the outside market that made way for the new bus station, originally there was also a small outdoor market at the end of King Street between the Co-op and the Salvation Army Church, which is now a car park

Not really sure when the bus station moved from the Market Street (but maybe 1970s? Please let us know?) all that we can tell you is the bus station had a 2.4 Million Pound rebuild or makeover in 2009 to the new Metro Station.

Bus services from Brighouse bus station cover most towns and cities around the area, with community bus’s covering local out of the way routes and National Express with a daily service to London.

More Details Metro Direct:  Ganny Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire HD6 1BL
Phone enquiries: Metro Line 0113 245 7676

Brighouse Library and Art Gallery/Gardens. Brighouse Library and Art Gallery and Gardens. Is situated off the John King Hill (Slead-Sykes cum Halifax Road ) only a couple of hundred yards up from the Elland Road Roundabout off to your right, Vehicle access is very limited maybe about a dozen or so if you use unmarked space as several seamed to adopt the day I visited, although it is wheelchair friendly Library, one thing that hits you as you approach this former stately home is not only the outstanding building nor the winged lady statue but the Beautiful Ridings Garden with a stunning array of plants, flowers, shrubs and trees sloping down towards the town centre below although a new development sort of takes the view away.

There is also an assortment of wildlife considering its location also with the St Martin’s Parish Church and the clock tower which is visible beyond these boundary walls just adds to the attraction of this impressive building and grounds, as you enter ‘The Ridings’ as it is known through the main double doors into a short vestibule or hallway before passing through another pair of doors into the foyer which opens up into a large area with a reception to the left and an impressive staircase beyond at the side of a large corridor with arch way accesses to several rooms before reaching the Smith Art Gallery (named after large Rastrick woollen mill owner and former Mayor of Brighouse Mrs William ‘alderman’ Smith in 1893) with a second gallery at the end.

The Library offers some very impressive pictures along with a well stocked library which not only offers a good selection of Hardback along with Soft back books, internet, newspapers, etc.
Brief History in to ‘The Rydings’ Built in 1841 by the Brooke Family owners of the Corn Millers of Brookes Mill on Badger Lane, Bridge End Brighouse. Following the death of most of the Brookes family ‘The Ridings’ was put up for public auction 1897 which attracted the interest of “The Diamond Jubilee Committee’ who were at the time a sub- committee of the Brighouse Borough Council who with the help of a loan of £1,000.00 from the local Co-op secured the purchase of this impressive and historical building and grounds and converted it for the use of a ‘Free Lending Library’, which opened in 1898.

In 1906 the library was closed for alterations and the addition of the Art Gallery which was named after the local Mayor ‘The Smith Art Gallery’ Alderman Mrs William Smith as well as the town Mayor was also owners of the Rastrick woollen mill. Brighouse Library, the library was re-opened in 1907 by Her Royal Highness The Duke of Argill.

In 2008 the Library was closed again for alterations and refurbishment and re-opened later that year.


Halifax Road
Brighouse
HD6 2AF
Telephone: 01422 288060

Opening hours

Monday:

10:00 – 18:30

Tuesday:

10:00 – 17:00

Wednesday:

Closed

Thursday:

10:00 – 17:00

Friday:

10:00 – 18:30

Saturday:

10:00 – 16:00

Sunday:

Closed

 

Hipperholme Library.

Hipperholme Library  is situated only a stone’s throw from the Village Crossroads and on the end of the main shopping parade on the Leeds and Whitehall Road (A58) in what was the former Village Council Offices.

Address: Hipperholme Library Council Offices; Leeds Road; Hipperholme
Halifax, HX3 8ND.

Tel: 01422 202257
Opening Hours: Hipperholme Library 
Monday: 14:00 – 17:00
Tuesday: 10:00 – 17:00 Closed for Lunch
Friday: 14:00 – 17:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 13:00
Thursday: 10:00 – 18:00 Closed for Lunch
Friday: 14:00 – 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00

Rastrick Library.

Rastrick Library is in very impressive building is set back off the Old Crowtrees Lane and opened in 1912,

Address: Rastrick Library. Crowtrees Lane, Rastrick
Brighouse. HD6 3NE.

Tel: 01484 714858

Opening hours

Monday:

10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00

Tuesday:

10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 18:30

Wednesday:

10:00 – 13:00

Thursday:

10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 18:30

Friday:

10:00 – 13:00

Saturday:

10:00 – 13:00

 

Brighouse Miniature Railway.

Ravensprings Park is home of Brighouse’s own miniature Railway a non-profit making charity who members are all none paid volunteers who run this great little local treat.

Original the site was thought to be a kind of hobby for the original owner Mr D. Miller (Millers Oils) who lived opposite the entrance of this small park, the site was established in 1934 originally having a boating lake surrounded by a model or Miniature rail track, it is thought Mr Miller opened the park several weekends a year for locals to enjoy as well as giving the children a great treat and entirely free.

It is thought in the late 60s the site was obtained by the current group who formed the current registered charity ‘Ravensprings Miniature Railway Park’,   later the track was extended and the lake filled in and grassed due to vandals, the site opens several times a year and currently (2019) charges admission per person £3 for Adults and £2 for children and concessions, this gives them unlimited rides throughout the afternoon.(sounds good value to me).

Unfortunately the car park is very small and limited to Disabled Badge Holders only, There is on street parking but please show some consideration to the residents and do not obstruct their access.

Ravensprings Park
Cawcliffe Road
(off Blacken Road)
Brighouse
HD6 2HP

 

Brighouse Market.

Brighouse Market is situated between the canal and Thornton Square and comprises of 5 rows of open frame traditional type market stalls with some fully enclosed stalls  to the canal side of the market, the market has been run for many years by the same company who ran the Prestatyn Market  and was leased from the Calderdale Council, it is thought the leaseholders have been trying to sell the lease for a number of years and unfortunately the market suffered with this unstable situation to a point of closure so the Council finished up running this market again.

Unfortunately the Calderdale Council has not got the best reputation in running markets and ideally they would like to move this market to Thornton Square using build up stalls, WHAT A DISASTER, you don’t have to be Einstein to know what’s wrong with the market and it’s like the council just wants to get rid of this unprofitable market and use the prime site for Parking or Development? They don’t have a clue.

What a Shame can you imagine the Market Town of Brighouse with NO Market? The Calderdale Council have already ruined Hebden Bridge and Elland and now Brighouse is on the cards, all the council seem to care about is money and nothing for the town community they seem set on getting rid of all our assets.

If any of you have visited the market recently it is so depressing and an eyesore, making the cost of the stalls £5 isn’t going to improve the market and the only way to entice the customers back is to totally revamp the market offer special incentives for stall holders, stop limiting what stallholders can sell, as good competition make prices competitive (lower prices attract more customers and stall holders make more profit with more sales), build new free toilets and free parking for stallholders with two hours free for shoppers. Then and only then it might survive?

For those who can remember! Brighouse had at one time had two thriving markets, the Council moved the main market out to make way for the new bus station which would have been an ideal time to put the market back down Market Street but with the chance of big development to the former bus station and big money they built a development that has been a disaster for many business’s and an eyesore for years, as well as moving the Market to its present site which has proved to be a bigger disaster.

We have to stop these crazy Council and Councillors now before its too late, please get on to your Councillors now or change your votes to some party who cares about the Towns future.

Brighouse Swimming Baths & Fitness Centre.

Brighouse Swimming Baths & Fitness Centre is situated on the (A641) Huddersfield Road/Bradford Road between Wellholme Park and the Brighouse Police Station, the centre has its own car park and boasts its amenities.

At a reported cost exceeding £6 million, while it is an impressive building it would have been a lot more easy to digest if the Council again hadn’t disposed of one of our historical buildings the old swimming pool which was an iconic Victorian looking building built in 1913 and ruined in 2018/9 to one of the worse eyesores in Brighouse? How can the Council and our Councillors get away with turning our historical past beautiful building into a modern day dump?
Ask yourselves how could this ever happen? Then ask your MPs Why? Then change your vote this is the only way we could ever hope to pass some of our inheritance on to our future loved ones.

Telephone: 01422 288068

Opening times

Monday: 07:00am – 21:15pm

Tuesday: 07:00am – 21:15pm

Wednesday: 07:00am – 21:15pm

Thursday: 07:00am – 21:15pm

Friday: 07:00am – 21:15pm

Saturday: 08:00am – 18:15pm

Sunday: 09:00am – 18:15pm