Take another look at Trawden

by Colne Life magazine

The village of Trawden has had some gentle ribbing over the years from its bigger neighbours such as Colne and Nelson.

Its situation at the foot of the wild moorland of Boulsworth Hill earned it a ‘back of beyond’ reputation, and its canny folk were reputed to own not just their own house but the one next door, too.

In the old days, many villagers were known only by their nicknames, and Trawden families had a tendency to give their children Christian names that were actually family surnames, even to the point of doubled-up names such as Smith Smith, Driver Driver and Bannister Bannister. With the local farms and mills providing employment, the Co-op and small shops providing day-to-day needs, Trawden Urban District Council providing the services, and the church and chapels at the centre of social life, there used to be little need for Trawdeners to leave their village on the trams and buses that terminated there. (You can still where the tramlines went).

How times change! Trawden’s image has evolved over the past three or four decades from a Lancashire backwater to a village that’s very much in demand.

The characterful and desirable properties are eagerly snapped up by locals and outsiders seeking a pleasant village lifestyle with a real community spirit that’s characterised by annual events including the crowd-pulling Agricultural Show and the Garden Festival and Scarecrow Trail, now augmented by the first ever Real Ale Festival. All these events are extremely well received and attended, and have been helping to raise the village’s profile.

If you haven’t visited Trawden for a while then why not have a drive out and find out what Trawden has to offer. Just five minutes from Colne centre and close to Haworth and the Bronte country, and a scenic half-hour drive from trendy Hebden Bridge, a morning or afternoon can be happily spent in Trawden.

On the way there, why not pop into the LBS Garden in Standroyd Mill at nearby Cottontree. Here you’ll find everything you could possibly need for your garden; outdoor pots and trays, seeds,
plants, tools, irrigation, ceramic pots, gloves, garden furniture, barbecues, chimineas, vegetable seeds, gifts, bulbs, plus much more, including an extensive stock of Christmas decorations.

You could continue your outing with a visit to Old Rock Cafe, a warm, spacious, modern cafe with a growing reputation for its delicious breakfasts and lunches, delicious homemade cakes accompanied with a speciality coffee or tea. There’s a spacious car park right there on the doorstep. Nearby you’ll find Time Gone By, a brand new shop offering vintage and retro clothing and accessories; all genuine handpicked one-offs and when mixed with modern day pieces will create an uber-trendy look. There are off-the-peg prom dresses , bridal wear, festival and evening wear as well as a developing range of vintage/retro menswear and accessories.

Further along, at the foot of the steep main street leading to St Mary’s Church, the Trawden Arms – formerly called The Rock – has been a hub of village life for a century or so. It’s now much more
than just a village local, serving traditional pub favourite lunches and inventive evening meals and a range of value meals including an early bird weekday special and a superb three-course Sunday
lunch for just £11.95. There are regularly rotating cask ales including local brews and national favourites, a carefully selected wine list, continental lagers and a vast array of spirits and liqueurs. All in all, it’s time to take another look at Trawden.