The Campaign for the protection of Copley village and The Sowerby Bridge/Copley valley.
The Copley Village and Valley Environment Protection Community Action Group.
Copley Valley, to the South of Halifax, is a conservation area that contains many listed buildings including Edward Ackroyd’s model village built to house his workers in the mid 18th century, pre-dating the ones at Akroyden and Saltaire, along with the impressive St Stephens church.
Photo Copyright Mike Bryan 2010 Used with kind permission
Copley village also has a popular primary school at the junction of Copley Lane and the busy Wakefield Road. Copley Lane gives access to the Skircoat area and a short cut to the town centre. Wildlife in the valley includes herons, woodpeckers, kingfishers, owls, bats, deer, foxes and also there are signs of otters in the vicinity. The Rochdale canal runs through the valley along with the River Calder. Also the Leeds to Manchester railway runs over another listed building, the impressive railway viaduct.
Industry in the valley includes Copley Engineering, Copley Land Rover, Lloyds Bank data centre (formerly HBOS and The Halifax) and Richard Baldwin Motor Home sales and servicing.
There is one pub, The Volunteers.
The valley is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Heron, otters, deer, kingfisher and bats all live in the valley.
A major use of the valley is for recreation.
Anytime you walk down into the valley you see people running either along Wakefield Road or along the canal. There are fisherman on the canal and in the river, mountain bikers and
cyclist, photographers and ramblers. Copley Valley is a jewel in Halifax’s crown.