Sunday, 13 February 2022

Copley Valley, During Redevelopment

 Copley Valley is an area of Calderdale to the east of Sowerby Bridge, redeveloped in the early 2010's as industrial, housing and nature reserve.

Prior to the development the area was more commonly known as Milner Royd and you could find the remains of the Sowerby Bridge Sewage Works, a large dam which was popular with anglers until it was drained, Sterne Bridge (Built 1914), the old Standard Wire Factory and an area teaming with wildlife and nature. The area is bordered by the railway to the south, split down the middle by the River Calder and again bordered to the north by the Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal.

The pictures were taken in 2014 whilst the redevelopment was ongoing, the new road and bridge having been built and land set aside for the building of new industrial units, there are 5 which can be seen below or on ClickAsnap where they are full size, resolution and un-watermarked.

Copley Valley Nature Reserve, The picture was taken looking west with
my back towards Copley Viaduct. 

Copley Valley, this area which had been cleared for industrial units and
the new access road was the site of Sowerby Bridge Sewage Works opened
in 1896. The road passes over what was the dam, the water that filled it now
underground to the River Calder.

Hollas Lane Railway Bridge, built circa 1840 to carry the Manchester and
Leeds Railway over Hollas Lane.

Milner Royd Bridge carries Milner Royd Lane over the railway, closed
to the public by gates at both ends, the bridge used to be one of the main
walking / packhorse routes down from Norland to the valley bottom.

Milner Royd Signal Box, was still in operation when I took this picture
in 2014, closing in the summer of 2018. The box had been built in 1876 to
control the junction to the right of the picture where trains head off in the
directions of Brighouse or Halifax.

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