Saturday, 27 November 2010
This photo shows quite clearly how the town of Hebden Bridge had to use the steep valley sides to sustain its rapid expansion in the 1880s & 90s. This resulted in one of the town's most distinctive features: the "top and bottom house", an architectural curiosity virtually unique to the town. These are four-storey houses that are effectively two houses built one on top of another. The front door on one side leads into the lower house, made up of the bottom two floors of the building. On the other side and higher up the hill is another front door accessing a separate house that is made up of the top two floors and the attic of the building. You can see terraces of these in the photo above. I think they cause the local postmen and delivery men a bit of confusion.