Exploring SE0021

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Revised 3 June 2015

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Blackstone Edge Road

SE0021 : Blackstone Edge Road (B6318)  by JThomas
Blackstone Edge Road is part of the turnpike road from Mytholmroyd to the Rochdale Road (now the A58) that was constructed in stages from 1815 to 1818 (Walsh).


SE0021 : Lark Hall by JThomas
The road passes Lark Hall


SE0021 : Lark Hall, Blackstone Edge Road by Humphrey Bolton
A footpath goes through the farmyard of Lark Hall and on to Sykes Gate


SE0021 : Upland fields near Lark Hall by Bill Boaden
Fields near to Lark Hall, which is in the centre of the image.


SE0021 : Footpath to Lark Hall by Humphrey Bolton
This is the footpath from Lark Hall to Sykes Gate, looking back towards Lark Hall from a broad grass lane. This lane was perhaps the access route to Lark Hall whilst tolls had to be paid on Blackstone Edge Road.


SE0021 : Footpath from Lark Hall to New Road by Humphrey Bolton
This is the south-eastern end of Hebden Royd FP126. The road to the left is New Road, and to the right Syke Gate. Bridleway 126 goes straight on before bending to the left, and is probably the old way to Sowerby via Water Stalls Road.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Cragg Vale by David Dixon
Blackstone Edge Road, B6138, passes Moorland Cottages and enters the 40mph limit for the outskirts of the village of Cragg Vale.


SE0021 : Waterworks track by Humphrey Bolton
On the left of the road (right of this image) you can see the woodland in the ravine of Turvin Clough. There was a weir upstream, near Washfold Bridge, and a channel took water along the south-eastern edge of the woodland to Turvin Mill. Now there is a water authority abstraction works, a grassy track from it leads to a metal cabinet against the retaining wall of the road.


SE0021 : Moorland Cottages, Blackstone Edge Road by Humphrey Bolton
New Biggin on OS maps before the 1930s, and Diggin House on Jeffreys's map of 1775, although that was probably an older building. Hebden Royd FP 125 goes up the driveway and on in a sunken lane to New Road. The driveway leads to Dean Head, which is listed Grade II. The listing details state that it is a house and former barn probably built in the late 17C.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Dean Head Farm by Humphrey Bolton
As seen from Cove Hill. The farmhouse is a listed building, as is Broad Fold, the house further up the hillside. An old lane, now a public footpath, goes diagonally across the scene.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Footpath from Moorland Cottages to New Road by Humphrey Bolton
This is Hebden Royd FP 125. The stile leads to an old sunken lane full of rushes. The trodden path is to the left of this.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Invisible footpath to Annibut Lee by Humphrey Bolton
Hebden Royd FP124, seen from its junction with FP125 near Moorland Cottages. I thought it would go through the field gate, but that leads to the wrong field. The path is blocked by a barbed-wire fence.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Blocked footpath near Moorside Cottages by Humphrey Bolton
Hebden Royd Footpath 124 is an old one, captioned 'Footpath' on the 1850 six-inch map, but it is obstructed in four places by walls and barbed-wire fences.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Footpath from Moorland Cottages to New Road by Humphrey Bolton
This is Hebden Royd FP 125. The walled track, wet and sunken, originally continued up to New Road. However beyond the gate it has been taken into the field. This was probably the access route for Dean Head Farm before Blackstone Edge Road was constructed, and no doubt continued to be used until the tolls were abolished in 1886.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Footpath to Cragg Vale by Bill Boaden
This is where the footpath meets New Road. The lane no longer exists here.



Sykes Gate

SE0021 : Stream at the side of Sykes Gate by Alexander P Kapp
Sykes Gate is an old road, leading to Sowerby. It does not seem to have been a through road before Blackstone Edge Road was constructed, as going westwards it ended at Washfold. The present road becomes New Road at the junction with a bridleway that was probably the original route to Sowerby.


SE0021 : Driveway to Sykes Farm by Humphrey Bolton
Taken from where it leaves the bridleway to Round Hill and Waterstalls Road. The house has a round-headed window in the centre of the gable wall.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Sheep with Sykes Farm in the distance by Alexander P Kapp
Sykes Farm was built in 1843 (Walsh). It was near to Warcock Delf, one of the many small quarries, disused by the end of the 19C, that presumably provided the stone for building the farmhouses, barns and walls.


SE0021 : The old lane past Warcock Hill by Humphrey Bolton
Hebden Royd bridleway 126.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Bridleway near Sykes Farm by michael ely
Before New Road was constructed, the continuation of Sykes Gate eastwards towards Sowerby village must surely have been along this green lane.


SE0021 : Hebden Royd Bridleway 126 where it crosses Bridleway 123 by Humphrey Bolton
This is the end of the old-looking curvy lane. On the other side of the 'cross-tracks' it is straight, possibly due to a 19C enclosure of moorland.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Hebden Royd Bridleway 126 at Round Hill by Humphrey Bolton
After crossing the bridleway from New Road to Slate Delfs Hill this bridleway continues past Round Hill on its way to the Water Stalls Road bridleway towards Sowerby.


SE0021 : Round Hill by Humphrey Bolton
Hebden Royd Footpath 123 goes from here across the grass and past the house on the left side. It is blocked by a fence, and I suspect that walkers would not be welcome.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Hebden Royd Bridleway 126 by Humphrey Bolton
The stile on the left is the eastern end of FP 125.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Hebden Royd Bridleway 126 by Humphrey Bolton
The eastern section of the lane.
by Humphrey Bolton



New Road


SE0021 : Broad Fold, New Road, Mytholmroyd by Humphrey Bolton
New Road passes Broad Fold, which is Grade II listed. It is dated 1784, with initials H / R + M. The attached barn, now part of the house, was added in the mid-19C.


SE0021 : The eastern end of Hebden Royd FP 125 by Humphrey Bolton
This is where the footpath from Moorside Cottages and Dean Head meets New Road opposite the track to Round Hill and Slate Delfs Farm (built in 1839 according to Walsh) and Slate Delfs Hill. It crosses what is likely to have been the 'old road' that was replaced by New Road. The brownish patches on the hillside are where there was a small quarry.


SE0021 : Hebden Royd Footpath 125 by Humphrey Bolton
A footpath (Hebden Royd FP125) leaves the track on the left side. It is a short cut to the Water Stalls Road bridleway. The view of Round Hill above was taken from this path. On the left of this image there should be a stile at the top of a footpath from New Road (FP123), which is obstructed.


SE0021 : Recent agricultural building , New Road by Humphrey Bolton
This view is looking down onto a new agricultural building at the side of New Road. The large sheds behind are part of the Turkey Lodge site in SE0022.


SE0021 : Hebden Royd Footpath 125 by Humphrey Bolton
The right-of-way follows the wall to the corner by the bushes, and then the wall to the right, where it meets Bridleway 126.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Hebden Royd Footpath 125 - eastern section by Humphrey Bolton
The section approaching Bridleway 126.
by Humphrey Bolton


SE0021 : Half Acre, off New Road by Humphrey Bolton
Back to new Road, Half Acre is on the left.


SE0021 : Driveway to Annibut Lee Farm by Humphrey Bolton
Next on the left is the driveway to Annibut Lee Farm, offering hotel accommodation for cats and dogs. The signpost is for is Hebden Royd FP123.


SE0021 : Obstructed right-of-way off New Road by Humphrey Bolton
On the other side of the road FP123 should continue up to Round Hill, but it is obstructed by a fence, and by a wall at the top as shown above.


SE0021 : Small building at the side of New Road  by Humphrey Bolton
Buildings like this are often water pumping stations, but they generally have a notice on to say so. This one has a hydrant behind it.
by Humphrey Bolton



The Moorland

This is in the south-east corner of the square.

The Starfish decoy site

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SE0021 : Starfish bombing decoy control bunker, Slate Delf Hill, Sowerby by Humphrey Bolton
A small building shown on the OS map is the remains of the Starfish decoy centre, constructed during the Second World War.


SE0021 : Starfish bombing decoy control bunker, Slate Delf Hill by Phil Champion
This was the operations bunker for a 'Starfish' decoy intended to draw German bombers away from their intended target, in this case the railway station and yard at Greetland. The decoy consisted of a double line of about a dozen flash pans, where oil would be burned to simulate incendiary bombs. There would also have been decoy lights and shadow buildings, possibly constructed using walling stone from alongside some of the enclosure period tracks in the area. The bunker consists of two rooms either side of a central entrance passage, defended by a high blast screen. The room on the right housed the generators. The control room was on the left, with a escape / observation hatch in the roof. The decoy itself was located to the south west in the area leading towards Great Manshead Hill.
by Phil Champion


SE0021 : Interior of bunker, Slate Delfs Hill by Mark Anderson
Looking W from the entrance corridor.
by Mark Anderson


Tracks

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At the edge of the moorland there is a junction of five tracks.
SE0021 : Slate Delfs Hill by michael ely
This is the track running along the edge of the moorland to the NNE.


SE0021 : Bridleway at Slate Delfs Hill, Sowerby by Humphrey Bolton
This bridleway runs ENE to Nook Lane.


SE0021 : Calderdale Way, Slate Delf Hill by Nigel Homer
This bridleway runs SSE to Coal Gate Road; it is part of the Calderdale Way.


SE0021 : View southwest towards Great Manshead Hill from Slate Delfs Hill by Phil Champion
The track to the SW goes over Great Manshead Hill. It is part of the Calderdale Way


SE0021 : Sowerby Bridge Footpath 126, northern section by Humphrey Bolton
This is a strange path that loops around connecting the three straight bridleways that meet at Slate Delfs Hill.
by Humphrey Bolton


The track to the north goes past Slate Delfs down to New Road.

Quarries

SE0021 : Evidence of quarrying, Slate Delfs Hill by Phil Champion
There are pits like this one on the moorland, probably old shallow quarries.


Boundary stone

SE0021 : Boundary stone, Soyland by Humphrey Bolton
This is one of a series of similar stones on the boundary between Sowerby and Soyland, all inscribed 'S B'. I think 'B' must stand for boundary, as Sowerby Bridge Urban District did not include this territory until 1937 (it was initially confined to a small area by the river). These stones (see also SE0121 : Boundary stone, Flints and SE0121 : Boundary stone) look older than that. The 'S' is probably for Soyland as it is inscribed on the Soyland side.
by Humphrey Bolton



Links to old maps

Link to old OS six-inch maps on the Calderdale Council website. The maps available also include property-level OS mapping with rights-of-way.External link
Search for Sykes Gate. You can adjust the zoom level and change instantly between four editions of the OS six-inch map from 1851-5 to 1934-48.
Link to old OS 1:2500 mapsExternal link
Enter the square number, eg SE0021, for the area that you wish to see, then choose the map from the list on the left. Unless you pay a subscription the six-inch maps are shown at too small a scale to be legible, but the one level of zoom allowed for the 1:2500 maps of various dates is adequate.

Bibliography

Stephen Walsh, Cragg Vale, A Pennine Valley, Mytholmroyd 1993


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