Early mention of Honley can be found in the Domesday Book, when the community was called Haneleia, but there has probably been a settlement here since Roman times.
Cloth making has been a staple activity in Honley since the 11th Century, advantage being taken of the many springs of clean water in the neighbourhood.
The production of woollen cloth was originally in workers’ homes, the distinctive Pennine houses with rows of windows on the upper floor giving better light for spinning yarn and weaving cloth. In the 1800s, clothiers began to install cropping frames in their mills, resulting in unemployment for many.
On Church Street a short walk from Cliffe House towards the village, you will find St Mary’s Parish church, a Grade II listed mostly Victorian church, which was built in 1843. The church was built on the remains of an earlier church, known as 'Old Peg' built in 1759. It is surrounded by a burial ground containing inscribed tombstones with remnants of a set of village stocks. An earlier building was possibly constructed in 1503
There really is so much to do here in Honley, but if you are spoilt for choice we are always happy to help with an itinerary for you.