Dividing Lines

People have always fought over Fixby. It’s the Alsace-Lorraine of West Yorkshire, subject to an eternal power struggle between Halifax and Huddersfield. It was originally one of the townships of Halifax, but a state-sponsored land-grab in the 1970s saw most of it transferred to Huddersfield. An old dividing stone showing a clear demarcation between Huddersfield and the independent state of Fixby is on display near Clay House in West Vale – a lasting memorial to what was and what, one day when the dawn of freedom breaks over the ridge of Ainley Top, will one day be again.

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