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Todmorden is the farthest west part of the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale and of West Yorkshire, bordering onto Littleborough in Greater Manchester and the county of Lancashire. It's industrial history is more related to cotton (Lancashire) than to wool (Yorkshire) although the canal and railway both connected it with Yorkshire first, leaving the route through the Pennines until last. Both the Rochdale Canal and the railway were the first Lancashire/Yorkshire routes of their kind but both were overtaken by later developments. Todmorden is still on a rail link from Manchester to Halifax, Bradford and Leeds in Yorkshire but there is a faster route from Leeds to Manchester via Huddersfield.

Todmorden's history has been traced far back and the small settlement of Mankinholes was a Viking village, as witnessed by the gable ends facing the road. More recently a predominant family was that of the Fieldens, associated with an eary Act regulating child labour. A statue of John Fielden, author of that Act is to be found in Center vale park, where a major agricultural show is held in June of each year.

Since the fall of the British textile industry, Todmorden has seen the rise and fall of engineering work and the employment situation (2009) is not good. For many the town is a dormitory, enabling them to work in a larger town or city within reach.

Surrounded by Pennine hills, it is a fine centre for walking.

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