A lane leaves the main road at the western edge of the square. It is the driveway to Falling Royd, and also a public footpath. The house captioned Falling Royd on the 1850 map had become a vicarage by 1895, when a new house called Falling Royd had been built further up the hillside. The vicarage is now called Acacia House.
Broad Bottom Farm has existed since 1300. Broad Bottom Old Hall is a medieval timber-framed aisled hall, encased in stone in the mid-16C. Attached to it is Broadbottom Farmhouse, a timber-framed building encased in stone in the early 18C. The group also includes a house dated 1844.
A view from the eastern end of the buildings. The converted barn in the foreground is inscribed 'rebuilt 1897 J.S.T'.
Another path called Wood Side leaves the Falling Royd to Burlees Lane path further up the hillside. The field on the right is part of a group of fields called Long Royd, a royd being an area cleared of woodland long ago. The path continues along the bottom of Burlees Wood to Broad Bottom.
The house at Redacre is outside this square, but gives its name to the sewage works for Hebden Bridge.
Whilst OS maps do not show a fence between Redacre Wood and Stephenson House Wood, the former is 'access land' and the latter not. This is kissing gate is where a footpath goes from one wood to the other.
The footpath, and the private road that it is on, have been diverted to go around some new houses.
by Humphrey Bolton
Burlees Lane ends at Stephenson House, which was built in the late 18C, with attached barn added in the mid-19C.
Although the lane finishes at Stephenson House, two public footpaths carry on. The right fork goes to Hill House Clough and down to Redacre Wood, and the left fork to City Farm, which is on Raw Lane, another rural unadopted street.
Link to old OS six-inch maps on the Calderdale Council website
Search for Redacre and choose any of the houses from the list. 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 maps
Enter the all-figure grid co-ordinates at the centre of the area you wish to see. The window for 1:2500 maps is approximately 970m wide by 680m high. You cannot pan the maps, but have to re-enter new co-ordinates and wait for the map to reload.
Colin Spencer,The History of Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Soc. 1991
ed. Bernard Jennings, Pennine Valley - a history of upper Calderale, Otley, 1994
Information has also been quoted from the listed building details on imagesofengland.org.uk .
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