Be charmed by this timeless rural village set amidst Yorkshire’s stunning landscapes
The picturesque Pennine village of Oxenhope in west Yorkshire
dates from Saxon times. From the fifth to the tenth centuries, the
beautiful rolling hills and moorland that surround the village lent
themselves to agriculture; in Old English 'Oxenhope' translates as
'valley with oxen', and at this time the area was comprised of a
few small farming settlements.
By the Middle Ages, Oxenhope had become two distinct hamlets: 'Near' and 'Far' Oxenhope, and were part of a manor under the control of a landowner (the 'lord of the manor') whose income came from a local corn mill.
Modern Oxenhope's story begins in the late eighteenth century with the rise in demand for textiles. By 1800, new woollen and cotton mills attracted workers who settled in the valleys around the village. The arrival of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in 1867 brought cheap coal and greater prosperity to Oxenhope's textile and other industries until their decline after the Second World War.
Nowadays Oxenhope's mills may be silent, but the village's timeless charm remains. Set in an area of outstanding beauty Oxenhope is a perfect setting from which walkers can explore the unspoilt Yorkshire countryside. The village itself contains a wealth of Victorian architecture, and Oxenhope's immaculately-restored and historic railway station - the terminus of the scenic Keighley and Worth Valley Railway line - is unmissable.