Affectionately referred to as ‘Odmorden’ by some of its residents, Todmorden means ‘valley of the Marsh Fox’ and
situated at the meeting point of three steep valleys on the Lancashire and Yorkshire border. (We’re told that
born in Tod can play cricket for either county). The town has a rich industrial history centred on its cotton
at one time was home to the largest weaving shed in the world.
Todmorden is the birthplace of Incredible Edible, now a worldwide movement. Herbs, fruit and vegetables grow in public places and you’re encouraged to help yourself. Local produce is very important and is readily available at the market and The Bear.
Aside from ‘guerilla gardening’, Todmorden has many links to nonconformism – have a look at the listed Unitarian Church on Honey Hole Street. The Chartists had a strong presence in the area and you’ll spot references to the Fielden family across the town. John Fielden was a mill owner, social reformer, and the MP for Oldham who introduced the 1847 Factory Act, known as the Ten Hour Act.
For more information and ideas for places to stay: Visit Todmorden