Industrial Heritage

Brontë Country towns and villages were at the heart of the industrial revolution.  Find out more about Haworth's industrial past on a guided walk or why not follow the Oxenhope Heritage Trail.


There are lots of other industrial museums nearby including the popular Bradford Industrial Museum.  Another must see is the perfectly preserved Victorian village Saltaire now a UNESCO World Heritatge Site. Here you will find Salts Mill, the former mill, now an art gallery with the UK's largest collection of David Hockney's work.



From Cotton to Worsted, Discover Haworth's Industrial Past

This four hour guided walk takes you on a walk to discover Haworth's industrial past. You will walk through the village and down into the valley to see the shadows of the mills and the dynastic families that built them. The guide will enthral you with stories of steam, industry, commerce, farming, strange customs, rogues and religion.  The tour operates on Wednesday mornings and leaves at 10.00am from the top of the village on the Parish Church Steps. Walking shoes and weatherproof clothing are essential.


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Oxenhope Heritage Trail

Oxenhope is a pennine village set in beautiful countryside, surrounded by rolling hills and windswept moorland. The village was a Victorian mill village and there are many buildings that showcase this period in Oxenhope's history. Look out for the weathered mill buildings and the rows of identical mill worker cottages.  Follow the Oxenhope Heritage Trail to find out more.

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Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway was built in 1867 at a time when Keighley was booming during the Industrial revolution. Keighley's Victorian past can be seen in the many Victorian buildings found throughout the town.  Find out more about steam trains at the Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel and the Ingrow Loco Museum (Station stop - Ingrow West) and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway's Exhibition Shed at Oxenhope.

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Bradford Industrial Museum

Moorside Mills was built around 1875 as a small worsted spinning Mill by John Moore. Today the mill is now an innovative museum showcasing Bradford's Industrial history. Bradford Industrial Museum has permanent displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering and motor vehicles, along with an exciting exhibitions programme. The museum also has a small café.


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Saltaire UNESCO World Heritage Site

Saltaire UNESCO World Heritage Site is a perfectly preserved Victorian village built between 1851 and 1876 by Sir Titus Salt. At the heart of the village is Salts Mill now an impressive art gallery with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants. Find out more and download a copy of the Saltaire Heritage Trail

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