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Historic Horbury

January 19, 2022

The historic town of Horbury lies on the River Calder to the South West of Wakefield.  It pre-dates the Domesday Book and is best known for the hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers” and being home to the William Sykes factory which produced sports equipment throughout the late 19th and early 20th Century, before becoming part of the Slazenger family.

Horbury Housing Market

According to information from Rightmove, last year saw Horbury achieve the largest increase in house prices in our district, peaking in November at 24% higher than 2019. Currently the average house price in Horbury over the last year stands at £233,760.  The majority of house sales have been of semi-detached properties, and these types of homes have sold for an average of £209,014.

Although experiencing the largest increase of the area, Horbury still represents great value for money.  The average UK asking price for properties coming to market in December 2021 was £340,167, and Horbury is around 8% above the average price for The Yorkshire & Humber region (currently £214,988).

Why Is Horbury So Popular?

So what makes Horbury such a popular place to live?  Lots of our staff live or spend time in Horbury so we asked them to tell us why they love it so much!

“Horbury has everything from a supermarket, bakers, butchers and everything else anyone could ask for.” – Melanie Robinson, Ossett Office Manager.

The town benefits from lots of local businesses providing excellent customer service and you can also do everything you need to all in one place with a butcher, a baker, hairdressers, beauty salons, MOT garages, a library, an independent book shop, a florist and lots more.

A Thriving High Street

Family run furniture retailers W.&T. Nettletons have been trading in Horbury for over 100 years.

They are renowned for providing furniture of the highest quality and showcase many leading brands.  They have been on the same site in Horbury since 1919, and in 1958 they even extended to a second site across the road in a former chapel which now houses a large bedroom studio.




There is also a great evening economy with lots of pubs, bars and restaurants in the town.  Some staff favourites include Bar Biccari, Capri, Bistro 42, new bar ØL and The Calder Vale Hotel which has regular comedy nights and live music .

“Lots of independent shops/bars/cafes – ØL is a lovely addition to the village” –Lucy Harrison, Senior Property Consultant.

Lucy also mentioned that the area has a number of nice places to stretch your legs, “Horbury Lagoons for walks and at the bottom towards the canal is a multi-business industrial building (The Junction) with a nice café called The Coffee Stop.”

Kirsty Savage, Secretary described her perfect family day in Horbury and how she plans to retire there.

Rich & Fancy coffee shop for a sarnie (or indulgent afternoon tea) and then we go to Horbury Park for a walk and play in the playground.  I love that its free parking, the people are always so friendly.  Often I’ve spent bank holiday Sundays in Horbury and also most recently ladies night for lovely meals and the prosecco bar afterwards”

Another business that was highlighted by a number of people was the clothing retailer The Clothes Hanger. They are a boutique with a difference – they sell pre-loved designer, high-end and high street clothing, helping you to be sustainably fashion-conscious!

Ready To Make Your Move To Horbury?

All in all, people who choose to live in Horbury are able to benefit from a welcoming and active community that you can become a part of, providing you with more than just a place to call home.

If you are looking for a property in Horbury you can see our properties to rent here, or our properties to buy here.  And wherever you are thinking of moving to, you can always call any of our offices to tap in to our local knowledge and get the low-down on any local area.

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