Hebden 500

Celebrate 500 years of creativity


Hebden Bridge

This year, Hebden Bridge’s packhorse bridge is 500 years old. And this landmark bridge, originally built to smooth the progress of trade, has seen Hebden Bridge become a fair-trade town with more than its fair share of creativity and innovation.

Around 30 different groups are pooling their efforts in a programme of events – ranging from music performances to costumed re-enactments, from exhibitions to food and film festivals – in a shared celebration called HB500. See events


Limited edition sets of postcards celebrating Hebden Bridgeiness will be issued throughout 2010. Look for them in local shops.Sponsored by frogs design and The Print Bureau.


Hebden 500

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIDGE - with buns, bangs and bands. On June 19, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Packhorse Bridge, the streets of Hebden rang to the sounds of mediaeval music, horses' hooves and some loud bangs. Read report and see photos


500 faces of Hebden Bridge
Jason Elliott's project showing the incredible variety of the people living and working in our small town. Sponsored by Green Refurb Ltd

So Hebden Bridge
Hebden Bridge: the typeface
An original typeface by graphic designer Mike Barrett based on the weathered lettering on the three plaques on the bridge can be downloaded here
500 voices singing on and around the bridge on Sunday 4th July. The event will also be part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.
Five hundred words
500 Words
What does Hebden Bridge say to you? It might be an anecdote, a recollection, a moving moment or just your general feelings about our quirky town. It must be five hundred words - no more, no less. Email your 500 words. Sponsored by Hebweb and Pennine Pens
Images of many of the historical bridges of the area, in collaboration with members of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society.


The Hebden 500 website is hosted by Pennine Pens who created the site in collaboration with frogs design