River and Trail
The river Hebble, or Hebble Brook, rises just above Ovenden Moor, Yorkshire, and flows south down the geological fault which passes from Ogden, through Halifax to Salterhebble. Like the surname Hebblethwaite, the name has variously been translated as meaning:
1. Handrail of a bridge or
2. Bridge with a handrail or
3. Plank bridge
The river has many names as it flows through the district: Ogden Brook, Mixenden Beck, The Dodge, Jumples Beck, Ovenden Wood Brook, Halifax Brook, Salterhebble Brook
|The Calder and Hebble Navigation
was surveyed by both John Smeaton and James Brindley. The canal travels
eastwards from Sowerby Bridge Wharf to link with the Aire and Calder Navigation
at Wakefield. Completed in 1770 it is a mix of true canal and canalised
sections of the River Calder.
The Halifax branch was opened in 1828 from Salterhebble climbing up to terminate near the centre of Halifax, but was closed in 1942. The Hebble Trail walking route closely follows its course. It runs from the railway station in Halifax, and follows the Hebble Brook to the foot of Salterhebble Hill.
|Hebble Bus Company
Operating in the Halifax area, the business was formed in 1924 by Mr. Charles Holdsworth and his brother, Mr. Oliver Holdsworth. In 1929, services from Halifax were being provided to Leeds, Bradford, Bingley, Heptonstall, Burnley, Luddenden, Barkisland, Brighouse and Huddersfield.
In 1932, the British Electric Traction Co Ltd, acquired their interest in the company. By then most stage services were well developed and did not allow for expansion. The excursion and private hire fields alone were left open to Hebble, and they certainly provided a needed service.
With booking offices in Halifax and Bradford, Hebble had shop windows for these services in two large centres. The potential traffic there was considerable and by good publicity the company did much to capture the working men's outings to Harrogate. In direct contrast it is interesting to note that they also carried parties going as far a field as Venice.
Information from Commercial Motor Archive Website:
Photos Below from Flickr - Bus UK Hebble Motor Services:
Hebble Albion PW67, Fleet No 110, Reg No JX 1407.
Fleet No 73 Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1/15 Chassis No 540644
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