Marsden, West Yorkshire

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Template:GBmap Marsden is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, 7 miles west of Huddersfield, and on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, close to the Standedge Tunnel. It sits at the confluence of the Rivers Wessen and Colne. Marsden came to international prominence during the summer of 2004 when sheep were reported to be rolling over cattle grids to raid gardens in the village.[1] (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3938591.stm)

The Marsden Moor Estate is in the care of the National Trust. It is the home of the Marsden Silver Prize Band, a top level brass band. It hosts the annual Marsden Jazz Festival each October.

Marsden was the birthplace of Henrietta Thompson, the mother of General James Wolfe who took Quebec from the French in 1759.

Marsden railway station is on the Manchester (Victoria) to Huddersfield railway line, over which operate the Huddersfield Line services. It is also on the A62 main road.

Each spring, Marsden celebrates Cuckoo Day, a day-long festival with clog dancing, music, a procession and a famous "cuckoo walk" in memory of the local legend:

"Many years ago the people of Marsden were aware that when the cuckoo arrived, so did the Spring and sunshine. They tried to keep Spring forever, by building a tower around the Cuckoo. Unfortunately, as the last stones were about to be laid, away flew the cuckoo. If only they'd built the tower one layer higher. As the legend says, it "were nobbut just wun course too low."
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