Slaithwaite - a former textile village in West Yorkshire - has much more going for it than most mill villages. It's got a few grand industrial buildings and part of Spa Mills, which you can see here beside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, is still used by fine yarn manufacturers.
Spa Mills was built in the 1860s as a large worsted (that is high quality woollen) mill - look at the size of the place!
It's in a lot better nick than some of the village's other mills
Slaithwaite, with a population of 7,000, was named by The Times last year as the best place to live in the north and north-east of England, You can see why.
As well as the canal, it's got a river - the Colne - a railway station and imposing rail viaduct, quite a few pubs and lots of places to eat. And it's kept quite a bit of its Victorian architecture.
The only big issue is what to call the place. The name is of Norse origin. But however you pronounce it, don't go for the most obvious. Slay-thwaite is definitely wrong.
Not that the locals can quite agree what's right. Some opt for Slath-waite, where the first syllable rhymes with path. Others insist on Slawit. And on the train, I'm sure I heard Slath-it.
I'd never before come across a pub called the Silent Woman. But there are a handful around the country.
The name is suspected to come from a story of a woman beheaded for her faith - or of a woman whose tongue was cut out to stop her unintentionally informing on smugglers or other ne'er-do-wells. But whatever the derivation, it's certainly a talking point (geddit!)
It's a village which is fun to walk around - and one which looks to the fuiture while valuing its past
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