South Pennine History Group


The South Pennine History Group was born in 2010 out of the common interests of three local history groups in the South Pennines: Hebden Bridge Local History Society, Marsden History Group, and Saddleworth Historical Society. The Group is a not-for-profit association which seeks to co-operate in order to:

  • To work in partnership to research and record all aspects of the history of the South Pennine region.
  • To promote all aspects of the history and heritage of the South Pennine Region.
  • To make the results of such research available to the wider community.

The South Pennine region can be loosely defined as the upland area located between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Peak District National Park. Membership of the Group is open to any society or organisation which promotes the study of history within the South Pennines. A modest subscription fee is required in order to fund insurance and website maintenance. Please contact the Secretary at

Some of the results of the Group's work to date can be found via the links on the right hand side, notably the Probate Archive and the Settlement history of the Upper Calder Valley. A publications page detailing other publications of interest is currently being developed. The Group also runs study days, usually annually.

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2014 Study Day

The 2014 study day, entitled 'Power and Potability: Water in the South Pennines Landscape' was held on 6 September 2014 in Hebden Bridge. A report is available.

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