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Brief History of Erringden

Erringden's origins can be traced back to the Vikings when it was known as Heyrikdene which means Valley of Erik or the Valley of the High Ridge (Norse).
In 1106 Norman Earl de Warren fenced it in as a deer park.  Disputes over the Manor of Wakefield in the 14th Century led to Erringden's neglect.  The eventual owner the Duke of York destroyed the deer and depaled the park and in 1449 divided it into land holdings.

Nearly 100 years later it was an independent township with its own Constable.  Because the area was not developed agriculturally some farmers discovered they could make a living both from the land and handloom weaving.  When textile development took hold it boosted the population with 16 families living at Old Chamber alone.

In 1853 the population was 2190.  When industrialisation swept through the upper Calder Valley, textile industries moved down to the more accessible valley bottom.  This left ancient communities stranded on the hillsides.  By 1936 the population was down to 412 and at present in 2016 it is just 129.

Agriculture is back with some sheep and cattle farming.  Erringden is still one of the smallest Parish councils in the country. Without school, pub, Post Office or shops, only a Church of Ease at St John's the Wilderness in Cragg Vale.
Most of the population reside in the valley at Thistle Bottom where there is only one street.

Erringden is a civil Parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire.  The Parish Council has five members and a clerk.  The Chairman's chain celebrates the Deer Park with a Stag depicted on the chain's medallion.


Steve Richardson c/o Erringden Parish Council, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, HX7 7BY.

Roger Greenwood: The Mallards, Underbank, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6NL

Rosalie Duke: Mittons Farm, Erringden, Hebden Bridge, HX& 6JJ

Fiona Gibbon: 2 Horsehold Farm, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6JN

Clerk: Emma Green
Erringden Parish Council, c/o Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY


Council meeting Agenda for Thursday, 18 April 2024

Council meeting Agenda for Thursday, 30 November 2023

Council meeting Agenda for Thursday, 14 September 2023

Council meeting Agenda for Thursday, 22 June 2023

Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, 19 May 2023

Council meeting Agenda for Thursday, 23 March 2023

Provision for excise of public rights - July 2022

Council meeting Agenda for Thursday, 23 June 2022

Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, Thursday, 19 May 2022

The Annual Assembly of the Parish Meeting, Thursday, 19 May 2022

Employers' Insurance

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018

Older notices and agendas


Statement Regarding Council Payments: Details of every payment authorised by Erringden Parish Council since July 2016 are included in the minutes of each full council meeting and are available here.

Certificate of Exemption - AGAR 2023/24

Certificate of Exemption - AGAR 2022/23


Audit Documents 2021-22

Accounts 2019-2020

Older accounts and audit documents


2023 Minutes


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Photos from Hebden Royd

Photos from Hebden Royd