Todmorden is an extraordinary place. Firmly rooted deep in the Pennines, the backbone of England, and surrounded by high moors and gritstone walls, Todmorden is where Lancashire and Yorkshire once met and was at the heart of Britain’s Industrial Revolution. The fast-flowing streams and humid air of the steep Pennine cloughs around the town made it an ideal home for the cotton industry. The remains of that early water-powered industry are still visible. So too is the landscape of the earlier cottage industry of spinning and weaving wool on the hills above the town.
Jim Saunders took his first photographs of Todmorden in 1973 and later moved to the town when he became head ranger for West Yorkshire County Council. Jim has two earlier books, Offa’s Dyke, A Journey in Words and Pictures: A Visual Journey and Hay: Landscape, Literature and a Town of Books. He lives in Mid Wales.
The event also includes the launch of a new short film Incredible Todmorden, jointly commissioned by Incredible Edible Todmorden and Todmorden Information Centre.