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Good Morning Everyone,

I was browsing my archive and came upon this photograph, which I remember having on my desktop, ready to post for ages, but then, posted other things from a recent holiday.

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This is such an amazing place. I would say, almost unique!
Out in the the countryside, Pecket Well has such a mixture of features that you would not expect to find it a very small, rural setting.

This small village up on ‘the tops’ above Hebden Bridge, can be found on the road over to Haworth. (Well known for the Bronte sisters) After a steep two-mile climb up through the woods you emerge into lush green hay meadows on the shoulders of the hills above Hardcastle Crags. Pecket Well has breathtaking views towards the ancient village of Heptonstall.

Grazing in the fields around Pecket Well are sheep, horses and Highland cattle. Higher up above the meadows on the top of the hills are vast expanses of heather moorland. There are farmhouses dotted around, just as you would expect in this rural area.

Yet also, in this small, rural setting, can be found Pecket Well Mill, a large, cotton weaving mill developed from 1840 onwards and is the chief landmark in the village. The main weaving shed was built in 1858 and the mill chimney with its distinctive red bands is visible for miles around. The mill specialised in fustian, a heavy cotton cloth used for menswear, including fabrics such as corduroy and moleskin.

Pecket Well Mill provided the main source of employment in the village for many years and was the last fustian-weaving mill in the Hebden Bridge area. Weaving continued until 1998. The mill then used for textile storage for a few years before being converted into housing.- Some information gleened from Lesley Jackson

There is also a Methodist's Chapel, a toll house, an excellent pub called The Robin Hood, where we stopped for a meal, and rows of farmworkers cottages.

I was entranced by the place! Uniquely beautiful and very unspoilt.

Have a great day, Bev :-)

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