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Mytholmroyd ( ) is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdalemarker, in West Yorkshire, Englandmarker. It lies east of Hebden Bridgemarker and west of Halifaxmarker.

Mytholmroyd is the birthplace of the English poet Ted Hughes. He became the Poet Laureate and married the American poet Sylvia Plath who is buried at nearby Heptonstallmarker. Its population is roughly 4,200.

Mytholmroyd is the home of Calder High Schoolmarker, the largest Comprehensive School in the Upper Calder Valleymarker. Mytholmroyd Community Centre hosts the annual Dock Pudding Championships in April, attended in 2007 by Robbie Coltrane who entered the competition and came second. and the Mytholmroyd Gala takes place every July.

The town is served by Mytholmroyd railway stationmarker.

During the late 18th century, the valley to the south, known as Cragg Valemarker was home to a gang of counterfeiters known as the Cragg Coiners. The gang's leader, David Hartley, or King David as he was known, was found guilty of the 1769 murder of excise official William Dighton and was hanged at Tyburn near Yorkmarker, on April 28 1770. Two other gang members were also executed for their part in the murder.


The plot of cleared land in the swampy area where the two streams meet.


At a district level Mytholmroyd Urban District Council was set up in 1894. In 1937 it merged with Hebden Bridge Urban District Council to become Hebden Roydmarker Urban District Council. At a county level Mytholmroyd was administered by the West Riding County Council. Both of these were abolished as part of the reforms introduced in the Local Government Act 1972. They were replaced with West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Councilmarker, and Hebden Royd Town Council. The Town Council area forms a civil parish. West Yorkshire County Council was abolished in 1986, leaving Mytholmroyd with a borough and town council.


Mytholmroyd F.C., where Eric Harrison began his career, are based in the town.

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