Calderdale HLC

Comprising of the main towns of Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Illingworth, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden, the Calderdale district covers an area of 140 square miles (36,280 hectars). The Historic Landscape Characterisation Project depicts the district’s changed landscape from 1066 to 2015.


The maps below illustrate these changes – to switch between the maps use the scroll bar at the bottom.

The maps above focus upon the key land use areas of:

  • Commercial (e.g. business parks, warehousing, retail parks and shopping centres);
  • Communications (e.g. rail infrastructure, major roads, canals and airports);
  • Enclosed Land (e.g. agglomerated fields, piecemeal enclosures and surveyed enclosures);
  • Extractive (e.g. quarries, mines, clay pits and landfill);
  • Horticulture;
  • Industrial (e.g. textile mills, utility works and food processing);
  • Institutional (e.g. barracks, religious place of worship, cemeteries, schools and hospitals);
  • Open Land (e.g. moorland, commons/greens and wetlands);
  • Parkland and Recreational (e.g. parks, playing fields, golf courses and allotments);
  • Residential;
  • Water (e.g. lakes and reservoirs);
  • Woodland.

The Calderdale Historic Landscape Characterisation Project Report

Characterisation aims to record the modern landscape and show how aspects of the past still exist around us. The Calderdale Historic Landscape Characterisation Project Report details the changes from 1066 to 2015.

To download a copy of the report, please click on the link below.


Download Calderdale HLC Report