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Spenborough was, from 1915 to 1974, a local government district in the administrative county of Yorkshire, West Riding.

Spenborough was created as an urban district in 1915 by the merger of Cleckheatonmarker, Gomersalmarker and Liversedgemarker urban districts. The amalgamation was carried out on the instigation of Cleckheaton Urban District Council, in order to resist plans by the County Borough of Bradfordmarker to annex the area. The name "Spenborough", after the River Spenmarker, was also suggested by Cleckheaton UDC. The district was expanded in 1937 by taking in the abolished Birkenshawmarker and Hunsworth urban districts, as well as part of the parishes of Cliftonmarker and Hartsheadmarker from the Halifax Rural Districtmarker. Attempts to incorporate neighbouring Heckmondwikemarker which is considered to be in the Spen Valley area, were never successful.

On 29 July 1955 it was granted a charter of incorporation creating it a municipal borough.

In 1974 Spenborough was abolished under the Local Government Act 1972, with its area forming part of the Metropolitan Borough of Kirkleesmarker, West Yorkshire. Today, Kirklees Council recognises the former Spenborough borough area, with neighbouring Heckmondwike, as the Spen Valley Locality in its structure.

Legacy

Despite the borough's abolition in 1974, the name continues in use in the area. Examples are the Spenborough Guardian, a Cleckheaton-based local newspaper, the Spenborough Swimming Pool and Sports Complex and the Spenborough and District Athletic Club, both in Liversedge.

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