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Spen Valley

Spen Valley factfile

The Spen Valley area has a rich history which, in parts, can be traced back to the Norman conquest in 1066.

Its two main towns are Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton, along with the village of Liversedge.

Heckmondwike footwear company Goliath, otherwise known as the Co-op Boot Company, made football boots for Sir Stanley Matthews.

One of the most severe Luddite uprisings happened in 1813 with the attack on Rawfolds Mill in Cleckheaton.

Heckmondwike was the first town in England to have Christmas lights, which is where Blackpool is reported to have got the idea for its famous illuminations.

In 1924 Heckmondwike's Arthur Wood composed a maypole dance called Barwick Green - now the theme tune to the BBC radio serial The Archers.