Erringden's origins can be traced back to the Vikings when it was known as Heyrikdene which means Valley of Erik or the Valley of the High Ridge (Norse).
In 1106 Norman Earl de Warren fenced it in as a deer park. Disputes over the Manor of Wakefield in the 14th Century led to Erringden's neglect. The eventual owner the Duke of York destroyed the deer and depaled the park and in 1449 divided it into land holdings.
Nearly 100 years later it was an independent township with its own Constable. Because the area was not developed agriculturally some farmers discovered they could make a living both from the land and handloom weaving. When textile development took hold it boosted the population with 16 families living at Old Chamber alone.
In 1853 the population was 2190. When industrialisation swept through the upper Calder Valley, textile industries moved down to the more accessible valley bottom. This left ancient communities stranded on the hillsides. By 1936 the population was down to 412 and at present in 2016 it is just 129.
Agriculture is back with some sheep and cattle farming. Erringden is still one of the smallest Parish councils in the country. Without school, pub, Post Office or shops, only a Church of Ease at St John's the Wilderness in Cragg Vale.
Most of the population reside in the valley at Thistle Bottom where there is only one street.
Erringden is a civil Parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire. The Parish Council has five members and a clerk. The Chairman's chain celebrates the Deer Park with a Stag depicted on the chain's medallion.
Mrs F M Blackburn: Rake Head Farm, Erringden, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6JJ
Mrs F Gibbon: Horsehold Farm, Erringden, Hebden Bridge.
R M Greenwood: The Mallards, Underbank, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6NL
Mrs V Stuttard: 2 Beaumont View, Erringden, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6NL
A K Wright: Kershaw Farm, Erringden, Hebden Bridge.
Clerk: Mr A Stuttard, 2 Beaumont View, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6NL.
Tel: 01422 844850
Chair 2016/17: Councillor Veronica Stuttard
Statement Regarding Council Payments: Details of every payment authorised by Erringden Parish Council since July 2016 are included in the minutes of each full council meeting and are available here.
Audit certificate and report 2015-2016
Notice of conclusion of Audit to March 2016