A walk around Todmorden with the Fieldens Factfile.

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Start and finish.

The trail begins at St Marys Church, by the roundabout in the centre of Todmorden. The postcode is OL14 7BD and the grid reference is 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 finishers at the Centre Vale Park, which is a 10 minute walk from the start. The postcode is OL14 5HX and the grid reference is SD 93437 24647.

Themes and highlights.

This trail will allow you to explore the wonderful town of Todmorden, and 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 Town Hall in 1704!) We will be focusing 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 is told in greater detail in the "Todmorden Tops" trail in this series.

Length.

This 6 km (3.5 mile) e-Trail will take you about 2.5 hours (including stops), a bit longer if you have children with you. This trail can be done in two sections.

How strenuous?

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

Ground conditions; stiles and steps.

The trail is all on good paths and lanes, with a couple of flights of steps. Follow the alternate route for full access for prams and wheelchairs. (Written in bold)

Thanks to.

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


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