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Sowerby Bridge is a market town that lies within the Upper Calder Valleymarker in the district of Calderdalemarker in the county of West Yorkshire, in northern Englandmarker.

The town is served by Sowerby Bridge railway stationmarker.

Sowerby Bridge is situated on the edge of Halifaxmarker, about three miles from its centre. The name Sowerby Bridge references the area's use as a crossing point over the River Calder to the older settlement at Sowerbymarker.

The town had a population of 9,948 at the 2001 Census.

Rushbearing, the annual ceremony of (now nominally) taking rushes to churches for covering the floors throughout winter, still takes place here over the first weekend of September.

Industrial heritage

From 1892 to 1930 home of Pollit & Wigzell ltd a prominent manufacturer of quality stationary steam engines used in the cotton and woollen mills of Yorkshiremarker, Lancashiremarker and Indiamarker.

The Wood Brothers an engineering and millwright company also produced engines from their Valley Iron Works. The Markfield Beam Enginemarker is an example for their work.

The town is at the junction of the Rochdale Canalmarker and the Calder and Hebble Navigationmarker and the whole 18th century canal basin and buildings are listed.


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