around 1871 Angeldale
is a spacious Victorian house with a garden to match. The
house played an interesting part in local history. Originally called
Ashley House, it was built by Thomas Barker, a Dyer and Cotton
Manufacturer (and Calder Valley poet) of Hangingroyd Mill. The house was passed on to his
brother-in-law Joseph Thomas, also a Dyer, in 1890 and remained in his
family until 1956 when it was acquired by Yorkshire Electricity for
grandiose offices. During war years soldiers were billeted in the
mills and the Ministry of Works leased the house. WRVS used the
house to provide hospitalities to the Royal Engineers. After
the war the house was used as the local National Insurance and Dole
Office. In 1971 the house was converted into a rest home
for the elderly and again changed hands in 1985 when it was renamed
Linden House after the four large, mature trees in the grounds.
Christine and Stephen bought and refurbished the house in 2000
for B&B, renaming it Angeldale.
We often have guests who have come to research their local family
histories and at Angeldale they
find a kindred spirit in Christine who's ancestors were Pennine mill
owners and local dignitaries.
itself, is situated north of Manchester and west of
Leeds. Angeldale is thus within easy reach by road or rail for that Special
Break! Nestling between "Last of the Summer Wine Country" and
"Brontė Country", our location in Hebden Bridge is ideal if you
are on the tourist trail or just looking for a base for walking
breaks in the South Pennines. Rail enthusiasts will find the
restored and well preserved railway station is a classic staging
post from which to travel around the Dales and Pennines and from where links
can be made with the heritage steam railways in the area.
Christine and Stephen look forward to greeting you at
and making your
stay in Hebden Bridge a pleasant and restful one.