Hebden Bridge was our first destination. It was here that the notorious Cragg Vale Coiners, led by "King" David Hartley who is buried in Heptonstall churchyard, supplemented their meagre incomes from cloth-making and farming by making new coins from "old". Their lives were laced with intrigue and murder and their legend lives on in the town to this day.
Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall thrived during the Industrial Revolution when the mills and their familiar chimneys became the symbols of prosperity, specialising in the production of corduroy and worsted. Bridge Mill became known as the site where Royalist forces camped during their fight against the Roundheads in the battle of Heptonstall. We walked around the town perusing the various different shops and even attended a flea market.