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A walk around Todmorden with the Fieldens

Explore Todmorden, discovering the role of the Fieldens and some of the town’s landmarks.

This trail will allow you to explore the wonderful town of Todmorden. As you make your way round you will learn about the role the Fieldens played in the development of the town.

The Fieldens have been active in Todmorden for many centuries; confusingly they were often called John, Joshua and Samuel (e.g. a John Fielden bought Todmorden Old Hall in 1704!). We will be focussing on the Nineteenth century Fieldens; Honest John Fielden MP, born of Quaker parents (Joshua and Martha), he developed the mill at Waterside and was a great benefactor to his workers and the town, he became a Liberal MP and was responsible for the ‘10 Hour’ Factory Act of 1847. He had 3 sons; John, Joshua and Samuel who continued to expand the business and his good works, with great success. The Fielden story also is told in the Todmorden Tops and the Fielden Dynasty e-Trail in this series.

About the Trail

Length:

This 6 km (3½ mile) e-Trail will take you about 2½ hours (including stops), a bit longer if you have children with you.

How strenuous:

There are two steep inclines at the beginning and half way through the trail.

Start & Finish:

The trail begins at St Mary’s Church, by the roundabout in the centre of Todmorden. (Postcode: OL14 5AQ, Grid reference: SD 93633 24152).

The start of the trail is best accessed by taking a bus ride from Halifax, Hebden Bridge or Littleborough or by train on the Manchester - Leeds line. If you are coming by car, there is limited car parking in the centre of Todmorden.

The trail finishes at Centre Vale park, which is a 10 minute walk from the start. (postcode: OL14 5HX, Grid reference: SD 93437 24647).

Where to download the app:

For iPhone/iPad: Go to the Apple Store from your iPhone or iPad & search for Pennine Horizons. ** For iPads you must select the tab 'for iPhone only', or it will not find the Pennine Horizon App.

For Android: Open the Play Store & search for Pennine Horizons. Click on the application & follow the instructions to download.

Where to buy a guide:

The guide is available in various bookshops & Tourist Information Centres around the area.

You can also buy a copy, by popping in to the Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG. Or dropping us a line at info@pennine-horizons.org.uk or calling on 01422 844450.

More information

This trail was researched from documents in Todmorden Library.

To find out more about Todmorden and its history www.todmordenandwalsden.co.uk is a good place to start.

To find out more about the Fieldens you could visit www.fielden-society.btik.com.

Thanks to: 20th Todmorden Cubs who helped develop the route, researched the stopping points and helped record the voices.