13 surprising things Calderdale gave the world

13 surprising things Calderdale gave the world

From road safety inventions to an iconic tin of sweets, here are 13 things that Calderdale has given the world over the years.

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The inventor of cats eyes, a retroreflective safety device used in road marking, was Percy Shaw from Boothtown. The name comes from Shaws inspiration, the eyeshine reflecting from the eyes of a cat.

1. Cat's eyes

The inventor of cats eyes, a retroreflective safety device used in road marking, was Percy Shaw from Boothtown. The name comes from Shaws inspiration, the eyeshine reflecting from the eyes of a cat.
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The famous Elland sweetmakers Dobsons created the famous Yorkshire Mixtures by accident as it is said that one day whilst one of Joseph Dobsons sons fell when carrying a tray of sweets downstairs.

2. Dobson's Yorkshire Mixtures

The famous Elland sweetmakers Dobsons created the famous Yorkshire Mixtures by accident as it is said that one day whilst one of Joseph Dobsons sons fell when carrying a tray of sweets downstairs.
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The Halifax Gibbet was an early guillotine used during the 16th century and inspired the guillotine, the symbol for the French Revolution. A replica gibbet currently sits on the original site in Halifax.

3. Halifax Gibbet

The Halifax Gibbet was an early guillotine used during the 16th century and inspired the guillotine, the symbol for the French Revolution. A replica gibbet currently sits on the original site in Halifax.
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Over ten years ago a group of people in Todmorden gathered together to create the grow-your-own Incredible Edible movement that has swept communities across the nation and the world.

4. Incredible Edible

Over ten years ago a group of people in Todmorden gathered together to create the grow-your-own Incredible Edible movement that has swept communities across the nation and the world.
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