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Greetland, as seen from Holywell Green
Greetland is located in West Yorkshire
 Greetland shown within West Yorkshire
Population 12,085 (and Stainland)(2001 Census)
OS grid reference
Metropolitan borough Calderdale
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HALIFAX
Postcode district HX4
Dialling code 01422
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Calder Valley
List of places

Greetland is a village in the metropolitan borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England. It is located 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Elland and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Halifax.


  • Local history 1
  • Local geography 2
  • Local attractions 3
    • Clay House 3.1
    • Calderdale Way 3.2
    • Public houses 3.3
  • Community 4
    • Sport 4.1
    • Education 4.2
    • Scouting 4.3
  • Location grid 5
  • Notable residents 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Local history

The village is believed have been the site of a Roman settlement named Cambodunum. A Roman altar stone dated to 208 AD was found in 1597 at Bank Top, Greetland.[1]

The village was served by the Greetland railway station from 1844 to 1962.

On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield, passed through the village. The race route went east to west from neighbouring Barkisland through the borough of West Vale and into Elland. It was also the location of the fourth climb of the stage, the Category 3 Côte de Greetland, at the 119.5 kilometres (74.3 mi) point. The 2 points for the King of the Mountain competition was claimed by Frenchman, Cyril Lemoine of Cofidis, with the other point going to David de la Cruz of Team Netapp-Endura.[2]

Local geography

Greetland is situated primarily around Stainland, Saddleworth and Rochdale Roads, with much of the village located on one side of the steep hill that separates the latter two roads. West Vale is a part of Greetland, and acts as Greetland's village centre.

"The old part of Greetland was strung out along what is now the B6113 to the west. In the late 19C a new town known as West Vale developed in the valley, and a school and church were built (SE097213). The name stems from being at the western end of Elland, although it is at the eastern end of Greetland which was an independent authority only from 1894 to 1937." Humphrey Bolton.[3]

Local attractions

Clay House

Clay House, Greetland. The home of the Clay family (royal descendants). The grounds are now a public park.
One of the smaller halls of the grand house
Back view of Clay House's southern wing

Greetland is the location of "Clay House". The house was built for John Clay and the Clay family around 1650, although a house owned by Robert Clay on the site is mentioned before in 1296. The grounds of the house were opened as a park in 1924, and in 1929, a war memorial was built in the hall. The house is frequently used for weddings and its main hall can easily seat 100 people. Its impressive corridors and grand rooms are iconic in the area, with a large grand staircase, traditional wooden panelling from the 1600s and beautiful paintings of the Clay family. The house is currently managed by Calderdale Council and can be hired as a whole. There is another war memorial on the eastern wall of the house.[4] Clay House is the starting point of the Calderdale Way.[5]

Calderdale Way

Greetland is the start of the Calderdale Way, a long distance footpath that is popular with ramblers.[6]

Public houses

Greetland is well known in the Calderdale area for its traditional pubs.

Druid's Arms (closed 2004)
St Thomas's Church, Greetland with the Community Centre playground in the foreground.

Perhaps the oldest public house in Greetland, the Druids Arms is affectionately known locally as the "Rat". The sign outside the pub was altered by the current landlord to reflect this.

The pub has been at the centre of a planning dispute with local residents. Since its closure on 17 October 2004, the landlord has applied for planning permission to turn the pub into flats. However, a local residents' committee is attempting to launch objections to the proposed change of function.

The Druids Arms appears in local folklore: Greetland is the home of 'Brandy Hole Wood'. The origin of the wood's name is ingrained in local folklore. It is said by local residents that (sometime before the start of the 20th century) in order to avoid paying excessive tax on his stockpiled alcohol, the landlord of the local pub, the Druids Arms, would roll barrels of spirits into the wood in order to hide them. When the taxman came to take an inventory of the pub's cellar he would not account for the hidden barrels, and so the landlord avoided paying tax on the barrels stashed in the woods.

The cottage adjacent to the pub has been sold. The landlord and his family are still currently living in the pub (February 2008).

Golden Fleece (closed 2008)
The Golden Fleece, boarded up.

This pub came to nationwide media attention in early January 2008. The supposed landlord, Stuart Smith (It would later emerge that the premises traded under his sons alcohol licence) had been publicly flouting the smoking ban that was introduced throughout England in July 2007.[7] He Allowed customers to smoke inside his pub, and has either taken down non-smoking signs or written over them with 'Smoking Allowed'. The pub received support from smokers and non-smokers alike from Halifax, Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds. The landlord claims to have even received phone calls of support from Germany, Croatia and the USA.

Stuart Smith has also recently announced (16 January 2008) that he is to open another pub in Huddersfield[8](The College Arms) where he will also allow his customers to smoke. He said he wishes to create a small smoking area, leaving most of the pub a non-smoking venue.

The Golden Fleece has now shut its doors to the public following a "case in which the authority, the police and Admiral Tavern worked together to shut the pub".[9] It emerged that Stuart Smith was not the approved licensee of the premises and had no legal entitlement to sell alcohol from the premises.

The Spring Rock at Upper Greetland

Greetland is also home to the Rose and Crown pub (Known locally as "the Crown" or more affectionately "the Frown"), it is also well known to by the locals as "the Rose", the Branch Road Inn, the Sportsman Inn, the Spring Rock, the Star, the Traveller's Rest, the Queen, the Shears and a number of working men's clubs.



Greetland Cricket & Bowling Club, with the rear of the 'Andy Thontons' building to the right. The bowling green is directly behind the row of trees in the centre of the picture.

Sporting facilities in Greetland include the "Greetland Community Centre", which consists of an indoor multi-purpose pitch, as well as several outdoor natural grass pitches. The venue also has a small bar area that has been voted club of the year 2007 by CAMRA.[10] The community centre is home to the Greetland Goldstars Football Club and Elland Boxers rugby club, which has various teams in different age groups playing in the local junior football leagues. Their motto is "To win fairly and to lose with honour". The club achieved FA Charter Standard Development Club Status[11] in January 2007.

The "Greetland All Rounders" rugby ground is also located in Greetland and is home to various local rugby league teams. The venue boasts an indoor bar and meeting area, as well as a floodlit outdoor pitch. The ground is often used for community events and is used regularly by the district scout groups.

Founded in 1858 the "Greetland Cricket & Bowling Club" is still active and the club competes in the "Halifax League", playing host to teams from around Calderdale and Kirklees.[12] Unfortunately the pitch is located on the banks of a small river and is prone to flooding when water levels reach a certain height.

The Greetland Social Club has three table tennis teams which play in the Halifax Table Tennis League.


West Vale school and church

Greetland is home to both the "Greetland Junior and Infant School" and the "West Vale Primary School".   Greetland Infant School is located at Saddleworth Road for children aged 4–6, and Greetland Junior School is located at School Street/Rochdale Road for children aged 6–11.

Greetland has schools for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 The Key Stage 1 school, 'Sunnybank', is located in Saddleworth Road. The Key Stage 2 school, 'Greetland Academy School', is located in School Street. Greetland Academy School has got very supportive and trained teachers. The school became an Academy under its principal Mrs Amanda Bennett. The school's age range is 4–11 years old of both genders, the number of pupils is approximately 383. Greetland Academy School has had very outstanding reports from Ofsted.


Greetland has a Scout group operating as the 5th Greetland Scout Group, which comprises Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Explorer scouts operate from the nearby West Vale HQ. The group is based in the St Thomas' Church Hall. Other venues are used when holding meetings for special events and activities. The group is part of the Pennine Calder District Scouts.[13]

Location grid

Notable residents


  1. ^ "Alterstone Found in Greetland". Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Tour de France Stage 1". Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Geograph: information from Humphrey Bolton
  4. ^ Greetland Liberal Club, Rochdale Road (B6113)
  5. ^ "Clay House". Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  6. ^ "Calderdale Way". Retrieved 2007-06-11.  The start of the Calderdale way
  7. ^ "Licensee defies pub smoking ban". Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  8. ^ "I'll defy ban on pub smoking". Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  9. ^ "Greetland smoking pub shut down: Man behind stunt had no licence". Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  10. ^ "Greetland Community centre Wins CAMRA award". Archived from the original on 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  11. ^ Charter standards
  12. ^ "Greetland CCC". Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Lord Shutt". Retrieved 2007-06-11. 

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