Ripponden is now a village and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, in West Yorkshire, England, near Halifax, on the River Ryburn. It is the site of a Roman settlement, and there is a Roman Roadover nearby Blackstone Edge, a rocky ridge of Millstone Grit. It has a population of 6,412.
Ripponden is the main settlement in a small group of villages; Barkisland, Ripponden, Rishworth and Soyland. The area is a substantial part of the Ryburn Ward, itself part of Calderdale metropolitan borough.
Ripponden and its villages were formerly served by the Rishworth branch line from Sowerby Bridge; Ripponden and Barkisland railway station closed to passengers in 1929 and the line was closed completely in 1958.
Historically, Ripponden was in the ecclesiastical parish of Halifax in the Morley Division of the wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley. From 1894 until 1937, Ripponden was located in partly in Soyland Urban District and partly in Barkisland Urban District. (The River Ryburn was the boundary between the urban districts.) In 1937 the urban districts of Soyland, Barkisland and Rishworth were all abolished and Ripponden Urban District was establshed out of the area previously covered by all three. In its turn Ripponden Urban District was abolished when Calderdale Metropolitan Borough was created in 1974.