Welcome to my home town: Finding peace in hippie Hebden Bridge

welcome to my home town finding peace in hippie hebden bridge

During lockdown, many of us made the pilgrimage back to our family homes – and rediscovered them through fresh eyes. Part guide, part love letter, “Home towns” is a new series in which we celebrate where we’re from. After all, it could be a while before we can go anywhere else…

Hippies, hikers, kooky cafes, drugs and lesbians: my home town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire is notorious for many reasons, some more surprising than others.

With an almost complete absence of chain stores and an abundance of independent and distinctly creative businesses, this tiny town of just 4,500, along the Pennine Way between Manchester and Leeds, is consistently named among the best in the Great British High Street competition. Alternative clothing, fair trade treats, homemade jewellery and unusual souvenirs can all be found on the former mill town’s cobbled streets of soot-kissed sandstone and overflowing hanging baskets.

Hebden Bridge is also known as the lesbian capital of the UK, an accolade which my very existence had some part in shaping. My mother, a lesbian, moved to Hebden in the early 1980s, as did throngs of other queer people and alternative types, attracted by the rock-bottom house prices in the then-struggling post code…

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