Lumb Bank

Yorkshire

The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowners house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland with breathtaking views to the valley below.

“I think I speak for all my young writer companions when I say that you do not leave Lumb Bank the same person as when you arrived.”

— Louisa Rhodes

INFORMATION

Accessibility

Arvon welcomes writers with disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements, please discuss with us prior to booking and we will do our utmost to accommodate your needs.

One bedroom has a specially adapted bathroom for people with mobility issues and can also accommodate a personal assistant. All communal spaces, including workshop spaces, are accessible to most people with mobility issues, but physical access around the site can be difficult.

History

The original Arvon concept of enabling young people to live and work with experienced writers was developed by John Fairfax and John Moat. They started running courses in 1968 in the Beaford Centre in Devon. Ted Hughes was living fifteen miles down the road and one day John Fairfax decided to seek him out and tell him about the idea.

Ted was at first sceptical, but asked that if anything should come of the idea he’d like to be told.
Ted was invited to attend the last night of the first Beaford course and from then was fully supportive of the venture, often holding meetings in his Devonshire home and joining courses as the guest reader, where “his presence would have a magical effect, a contagion of imaginative excitement”.

In 1975, following Ted’s suggestion for a northern centre, Arvon leased Lumb Bank from Ted and Carol Hughes. In 1986, Carol Hughes took up the Chair of Arvon. In 1989, Arvon bought Lumb Bank from The Hughes Trust with help from the Arts Council.

“There were so many individual contributions vital to Arvon’s survival, but I think no-one would dispute that Ted’s contribution was of an order all of its own.” —John Moat

Travelling by car

From Halifax: Take the A646 through Hebden Bridge, follow signs to ‘Heptonstall via turning circle’. Use the turning circle to double back and turn left at traffic lights by the Fox and Goose pub, up the steep hill. Do not take the left turn to Heptonstall (signed ‘access only’); instead, keep driving on Lee Wood Road, then Draper Lane. As you approach the houses at Slack Bottom, take the left-hand turn towards Heptonstall. Continue 30 yards. The lane to Lumb Bank is on your right by the benches and bus stop. Please do not use Sat Nav, TomTom or internet route planners beyond Hebden Bridge as they direct you to the wrong side of the valley.

Travelling by train

Hebden Bridge railway station is on the main Manchester Victoria to Leeds line with trains from both cities at regular intervals. You can catch the E Bridger bus (Blackshaw Head) to the top of the Lumb Bank lane from the railway station. Every half hour you can catch the 596 bus (Blackshaw Head) to the top of the Lumb Bank lane from the railway station.

Further Information

Please see the accommodation, food and accessibility page for further information.

Contact

Centre Director: Rosie Scott
Assistant Centre Director: Jill Penny
Assistant Centre Director: Jack Bell
Centre Assistant: Charlotte Mellor Meecham
Centre Administrator: Becky Liddell
Bookkeeper: Jean Warburton

Lumb Bank
The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre
Heptonstall
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire
HX7 6DF

Tel: 01422 843714
Email: lumbbank@arvon.org

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