Hebble Hole Bridge Celebrations

15th April 2019

The repair of this historic bridge has been celebrated in dance by the Hill Millies, a women’s Morris dancing side based in Hebden Bridge, and a substantial crowd gathered to witness the occasion.

Representatives from Blackshaw and Heptonstall Parish Councils welcomed the repair of the bridge that joins the parishes over Colden Water.

A cheque for £5000 from the Peak and Northern Footpath Society was handed over – a generous contribution to the cost of repairs.    The remainder of the £36,000 was shared by Calderdale Council and Natural England through the Pennine National Trails Partnership..

The work was over seen by bridge restoration specialists Goldhawk http://bridgerestoration.co.uk/  and involved lifting and repairing the stone, repairing, strengthening and improving the supporting stone structure and pinning it into place.

The broken stone was dowelled with stainless steel and re-bonded together. Two full length stainless steel bars were sunk into the underside of the stone and the slots repaired to hide the bars. You can hardly see the join; it looks just like the old one which is exactly what we aimed to achieve!

Congratulations to all those involved and thanks to the New Delight Inn who hosted an exhibition about the bridge and more dancing by the Hill Millies. 

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