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A YORKSHIRE LOVE AFFAIR

Our love affair with Yorkshire – or Ripponden to be precise – continues with our latest  exclusive development.

Victoria Meadows, off Halifax Road,  will be our third project in this stunning village and consist of 24, three and four bedroom properties, some with stunning views over the River Ryburn.

The three-story  houses, built to the side of the former  Victoria Mill,  also look out onto woodland , but are only minutes from the village centre with restaurants, pubs, shops , a supermarket, church, school, doctor’s surgery , dentist, park,  hairdressers and barbers and beauty salons  on the doorstep.

Three affordable houses, for first time buyers, are included in the first phase which will be complete towards the end of 2021.  All the houses will have gardens and parking spaces. |Prices, affordable ones aside, start from £200,000. The houses are being named after Queen Victoria’s children, Leopold, Beatrice. Bertie,  Alfred, Alice, Arthur and Helena.

Our other two developments in the village, Riverside Court 

which is gated, and Ripponden Vale, were both popular with  young professionals and families,  and sold quickly .  Riverside Court consists of nine houses and was finished in 2014. Four years later we built 14 houses and three apartments at Mill Fold on the site of a former garage and office block.

Redwaters director, Sean McCaul , believes there will be plenty of interest in Victoria Meadows.  “It’s all about location, location, location and  this one has everything going for it.   A country setting with fabulous views but within walking distance of so many amenities.    House prices in the borough of Calderdale, which takes in RIpponden , have been climbing steadily over recent years which make these houses a great investment. “

Mr McCaul says the houses have been designed for modern living and suit everyone’s needs from those looking to buy their first home, growing families needing more space, to couples or individuals looking to downsize.

SITE PLAN

VICTORIA MEADOWS – A RICH PAST

The land below Victoria Meadows was home to Victoria Mill, and was owned and built by the Ripponden and District Spinning Company, which dates back to 1861.  It was sold by auction in 1864 to George Whiteley and was then owned by brothers, Joseph and Whiteley Lawton before closing in 1899.

It was empty for a number of years before cotton doublers J. Kaye and Co bought it. They in turn sold it to another cotton company, Meadowcroft Hampson and Co. It stayed in their ownership until its closure in 1982, when it was sold to John Laithwaite Associates.

The business which originally rented and serviced washing machines, demolished most of the old mill and used some of the stone to built its own HQ.  It was sold in 2010 when John Laithwaite left and became known as JLA , and at its height employed hundreds of local people.  John Laithwaite still lives in the area and the road down to the JLA site is Meadowcroft Lane.

Ripponden itself is stepped in history. It is on a main former packhorse route from Halifax over the Pennines into Lancashire, and has its own conservation area which includes the Church of St Bartholomew, the Old Bridge Inn and a packhorse bridge over the River Ryburn. 

Victoria Mill largely as it would have been in 1862.  Picture courtesy of Julian Carr, author of Mills of the Ryburn Valley

WHY CHOOSE RIPPONDEN?

Well for starters it is well connected.  You have easy access to the M62 motorway, and both Manchester and Leeds can be reached in around 30 minutes.  The nearest train station is less than two miles away in Sowerby Bridge and this has speedy links to both cities.  Bus routes run regularly into Halifax and surrounding local villages.

It has impressive junior and senior schools – Rishworth Private School is just down the road –  and great sporting facilities including a bowling club, tennis courts, cricket and football clubs, gyms, and an abundance of country and riverside walks. Cyclists love the area as well.

It has its own parish council and church, and a growing reputation as a great place to eat, drink and shop. Along with country pubs with roaring fires you will find wine bars, a nearby farm shop and inviting cafes. Its shops offer everything from home-made food and artisan bread to interior design wallpaper and furniture.

A GOOD INVESTMENT

The conservation village of Ripponden is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale.

The borough has recently seen house prices shoot up, mainly down to two things.

Firstly, Halifax’s piece de resistance the restored Piece Hall, a vast Georgian cloth hall which has recently undergone a £19m transformation. The award-winning Piece Hall has been featured in national papers and on prime time TV, and attracts visitors from all over the world.  Many fall in love with what has been called the Vienna of Yorkshire or the Covent Garden of the North, and decide to set up home in the area.

Others visit, or move to the borough, because of the area’s dramatic valleys, cobbled towns and historical landmarks which have featured in their favourite TV programmes.  Calderdale is known as the Hollywood of the north and is in demand as a prime filming location.

It has been put on the map by writer and director Sally Wainwright, the brains behind popular TV series such as Gentleman Jack, Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley. Ms Wainwright who was raised in Sowerby Bridge (which is five minutes from Ripponden) says there is a real depth to the landscape and it is so dramatic and awe-inspiring.

The BBC drama series Gentleman Jack used historic landmarks like the Piece Hall and Shibden Hall, and more than five million people tuned in, making it the most successful programme launch for the BBC last year. It has also had a big impact in America where it was also shown.

It’s not unusual for residents to see a film crew or famous faces at work in the district, and this has been a huge boost to the local economy.  Tourism is now worth £344m a year  in Calderdale.

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