Holmfirth Local Board was the local authority body responsible for issues relating to public health in the area round Holmfirth.
Typically elected by local rate payers and property owners, Local Boards were formed following the Public Health Act 1848 and the subsequent Local Government Act 1858, and had responsibility for the oversight of sewers, water supplies, public toilets, street cleaning, slaughterhouses, pavements, and burial grounds within their district.
The Holmfirth Local Board was superseded by the Holmfirth Urban District Council.
Historically, Holmfirth lay at the confluence of three township river boundaries — Wooldale, Upperthong, and Cartworth — with a complex distribution of detached portions of land in the hamlet of Scholes (in Wooldale) to the neighbouring townships.
The distribution of land under the control of the Holmfirth Local Board at the time the 1892 O.S. map was surveyed is shown below shaded in green (with the townships shaded in red), and includes the remaining detached portions. The Holmfirth Local Board District at that time included the entirety of the townships of Upperthong and Cartworth, most of Wooldale (the remainder being largely under the control of Scholes Local Board), and around 150 acres of mostly uninhabited detached land in Hepworth.
In 1894, Holme Local Board rejected a proposal to become part of an enlarged Holmfirth Local Board District.
By 1906, the Township of Austonley, which included Holmbridge, had been amalgamated into the Holmfirth Urban District.