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.