Holme Valley South
Holmfirth lies at the centre of the Holme Valley South ward and is situated approximately six miles south of Huddersfield within the boundaries of the Kirklees District Council in West Yorkshire, at the northern edge of the Peak District.
At the forefront of the industrial revolution, Holmfirth like many towns in the foothills of the Pennines grew from the success of manufacturers of woollens, those dark Satanic mills and cloth.
The wealth of the area was founded on wool. The 1970s saw the near death of the wool industry, which still survives in the Holme Valley due to the particular quality and mineral content of the local rivers' water which suits the energy efficient washing of raw wool.
Though the industrial output of the area has largely gone along with the many mills and the railway line, those times of looms, weaving and machine development live on in the buildings, the people and the artifacts of the Holme Valley.
Holmfirth and the surrounding villages were made famous during the 1970's as the backdrop to one of TV's most popular long running series - Last of the Summer Wine - starring Bill Owen as 'Compo', a programme which brought the beauty of the Holme Valley to the world.