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Ripponden is a village and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdalemarker, in West Yorkshire, Englandmarker, near Halifaxmarker, on the River Ryburnmarker. It is the site of a Roman settlement, and there is a Roman Road over nearby Blackstone Edgemarker, a rocky ridge of millstone grit. It has a population of 6,412.

Ripponden is the main settlement in a small group of villages; Barkislandmarker, Ripponden, Rishworth and Soyland. The citizens of Ripponden are represented on Ripponden Parish Council. The area is a substantial part of the Ryburn Ward, itself part of Calderdalemarker metropolitan borough.

Ripponden and its villages were formerly served by the Rishworth branch line from Sowerby Bridgemarker; Ripponden and Barkisland railway stationmarker closed to passengers in 1929 and the line was closed completely in 1958.

The area is of archaeological note for the Roman road at Blackstone edge alone and is also rich in neolithic and bronze age remains. At nearby Ringstone Edge can be found a small stone circle and neolithic settlement. Upon Rishworth moor, an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to many rare animals, can be found the Cat Stones, a series of ancient round barrow burial sites.

References

  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Calderdale Retrieved 2009-09-02


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