• Hebden Bridge W. Yorkshire 1980s

    Image ID
    FOT462336
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    18.1 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    5786 x 4690 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    490 x 397 mm
    19.3 x 15.6 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    Streetscape Housing terraced industrial north Calderdale West Yorkshire Hebden Bridge historic landscape view hillside stone buildings Pennine hills industrial revolution tall houses wool industry wool town trees England UK GB
    Description
    Hebden Bridge is a popular place to live. However space is limited due to the steep valleys and lack of flat land. In the past this led to “upstairs-downstairs” houses known as over and under dwellings. These were houses built in terraces with 4-5 storeys. The upper storeys face uphill while the lower ones face downhill with their back wall against the hillside. The bottom 2 storeys would be one house while the upper 2-3 storeys would be another. This also led to unusual legal arrangements such as the “flying freehold”, where the shared floor/ceiling is wholly owned by the underdwelling. Population changes in the 1990s led to a demand for more houses. This has proved to be extremely controversial for a number of reasons. The limited availability of houses has meant that prices have risen sharply (for example, a house valued at £54,000 in 1998 was valued at nearly £150,000 in 2004). Demand for new houses is also a contentious issue as many of the sites for proposed development are areas such as fields or woodland that some local residents feel should be left as they are. Hebden Bridge has attracted artists, and has developed a small New Age community. It became attractive in the 1980s and 1990s to lesbians as a place of mutual support to bring up children. As of 2004 Hebden Bridge had the highest number of lesbians per head in the UK. In April 2005 Hebden Bridge was declared the 4th quirkiest place in the world by highlife (the British Airways flight magazine) and was described
    Uploader
    David Anthony Lloyd Davies
    Contributor
    David Anthony Lloyd Davies
    Date Taken
    1987-05-19
    Uploaded on
    2008-09-16
    Collection
    GB
    Category
    Architecture
    Sub Category
    Towns & Cities
    Setting
    Outdoor
    People
    Without people
    Dominant colour
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