Walking on the Haworth Old Road on a sunny day reminded me how little has changed in Wadsworth over the last 100 years. Reflecting on how the community responded to the First World War, I could almost hear the clacking of clogs as women and girls hurried for their shift at the mills and of children hurrying to a part time session at school followed by a shift at the mill. Much has been written on the experiences of the young men but it really struck me how little recognition of the contributions of their mothers, sisters, wives and girlfriends made to the made to the War effort are acknowledged and commemorated.

Ancient no doubt it is; Wadsworth stretches its bounds to encompass, not just Old Town and Pecket Well but Widdop, Walshaw, Midge Hole, Crimsworth Dean, Cock Hill, the moors around and the western flank of the Luddenden Valley, and is reputedly the second largest parish in England in terms of area and has a long history.
  The ancient Druids would have made use of the various rock outcrops, like Winny Stone on Cock Hill, where it is not hard to imagine some bloodletting ritual being carried out on the big elevated stone. The stones at High Brown Knoll, with a clear view to the Gorple gap, may have provided a perfect facility to observe the setting sun and record time. The ancient ring near Blake Dean and the Walshaw Dean stone circle, now submerged under the waters of the middle reservoir, are all testament to Wadsworth’s early residents.


Work on the development of The Neighbourhood Plan is continuing and the draft version is beginning to take shape. It was hoped that the first draft would be completed by the end of this year, but the recently announced delay in the production of Calderdale’s draft Local Plan has pushed back the draft Neighbourhood Plan until the spring of 2017.