Linthwaite, known locally as Linfit, is a village in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated 4 miles west of Huddersfield, on the A62 in the Colne Valley. The River Colne, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Huddersfield to Manchester railway line and A62 main road all pass near to the village. These transport links across the north meant that the village was ideally placed for textile mills to be built, making use of the river to produce cloth, and the village flourished at the turn of the twentieth century.
One resident of Linthwaite from this time period is the celebrated landscape artist and suffragist Florence Lockwood, the wife of Josiah Lockwood, a director of woollen manufacturers Charles Lockwood, who came to live in Upper Clough, Linthwaite where the family owned Black Rock Mills (the site now to be occupied by Stonegate).
Florence chronicled her colourful life in her diaries and was a campaigner for peace in the first world war, a suffragist campaigning for the vote for women and a talented artist, whose paintings usually depict the Colne Valley. Her impact on the local community in Huddersfield has been felt throughout the years and it has been mooted that a commemorative blue plaque is to be erected in Linthwaite to celebrate her life and achievements.
Currently, Linthwaite is a busy village with five pubs, including the Sair Inn. This olde style pub was formerly known as the ‘New Inn’ It is now one of the few ‘own brew’ pubs still in the country, winning the CAMRA National Pub of the Year Award in 1997. The largest employer in the village is pharmaceutical drug manufacturer Thornton & Ross, one of the UK’s leading producers of over the counter medicines including many well known brand names.
Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Colne Valley, Linthwaite is located just above the Peak District National Park nearby to Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, which is a wintering site for migrating wildfowl and wading birds. The village is also close to the major motorway and transport links in the north, with the M62 motorway just minutes away by car.