Thongsbridge is a village in the Holme Valley that takes its name from the bridge on Miry Lane which crosses the River Holme.

The river marked the boundary line between the township of Netherthong in the Parish of Almondbury (to the west) and the township of Wooldale in the Parish of Kirkburton (to the east).


Historically the village's name was given as Thongs Bridge, with variant spellings including Thwongs Bridge[1].

The Yorkshire 260 O.S. map (published 1854) indicates that the village was centred to the west of the river at the crossroads of the Huddersfield & Woodhead Turnpike with Miry Lane and Thong Lane where the turnpike toll point was situated. The Royal Oak Inn and Rose and Crown Inn were also located at the crossroads.

A railway station on the Holmfirth Branch Line was opened to the east of the village in July 1850.


The original centre of the village is shown below.

Notes and References

  1. "To Be Sold" in Leeds Intelligencer (13/Sep/1763).