Welcome to Spen Valley Civic Society

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Who are we?

We're an independent voluntary society formed over 40 years ago, dedicated to promoting high standards, public interest and pride in Spen Valley's townscapes and countryside. We're local people with a wide variety of interests including architecture, urban planning, history, nature conservation, walking & cycling. We belong to the Yorkshire & Humber Association of Civic Societies and to Civic Voice, giving us both regional and national connections. We hope you find this website interesting. Please contact us if you'd like to support us in any way.

Where are we? And what's "Cleckheckmondsedge"?

We're in the heart of West Yorkshire, near the M62 and M1, at the centre of a circle joining Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Halifax (all less than 10 miles away). The River Spen rises near Bradford and flows south into the River Calder near Dewsbury: our Spen Valley is about 7 miles long, containing the small townships and hamlets of Gomersal, Drub, Hunsworth, Scholes, Roberttown, Hightown, Littletown, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Liversedge. The last three gave rise to the fun name of "Cleckheckmondsedge"! These settlements are surrounded by countryside, criss-crossed by footpaths and bridleways. The famous Spen Valley Greenway (part of Sustrans National Cycle Route 66) runs through our valley, a boon for walkers, horseriders, joggers and cyclists of all ages and abilities. Our historical gems include over 100 listed buildings, many Bronte and Luddite connections, and sites where spirited free-thinking local people like Quakers, Chartists and Non-Conformists stood up to oppression and intolerance.