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The farmland

The farmland is divided into rather odd-shaped blocks by the lanes giving access to the farms.

SE0029 : Slack House Lane, Wadsworth by Humphrey Bolton
Around here the lanes are logically named after the farm to which they lead. Slack House is in the distance.
by Humphrey Bolton

SE0029 : Slack House, Wadsworth by Humphrey Bolton
This has an interesting Gothic window suggesting that the barn (or lathe) part of the building might have been partly used as a chapel at one time.
by Humphrey Bolton

SE0029 : Slack House Lane, Wadsworth by Humphrey Bolton
Beyond Slack House the lane is difficult to use. It leads to disused quarries on the moor, and also Delf End and South Shields, which are reached by Delf Lane.
by Humphrey Bolton

SE0029 : Delf End, Wadsworth by Humphrey Bolton
On the 375m contour, but not quite the last house before the moors, as South Shields can be seen beyond it.
by Humphrey Bolton

SE0029 : Heading for Open Country by John Darch
Further south, a track leads off Slack House Lane to Old Town Slack Farm and Moor Side. It is neither a right-of-way nor an unadopted street, so was probably set out by an enclosure award as a private road. It is the route of the Calderdale Way, so is presumably a permissive path. The track passes a small covered reservoir that did not appear on OS maps until the 1960s.

A bridleway runs along the edge of the moorland from Delf End past Weather House and Moor Side Farm.

There is also a farm called Plumpton in the NE corner of the square.

The moorland

The moorland in the square forms a ridge projecting from the main mass of the moor. It has a summit at 409m with the curious name of Tom Tittiman. The path to it slants off from a public footpath running along Deer Stones Edge.

SE0029 : Footpath, Deer Stones Edge by Mark Anderson
Looking N. The disused quarries at Delf End are another feature of this square at the left of the frame.
by Mark Anderson

From the path to Tom Tittiman you can see Shaft No. 3 on the water supply tunnel.

SE0029 : No. 3 Shaft, seen from Tom Tittiman, Wadsworth by Humphrey Bolton
The cyclindrical structure is one of the shafts on the tunnel that carries water from Gorple Reservoir to Halifax. Pecket Well, with its mill, is in the background, and the Keighley road (A6033) can be seen, climbing steadily.
by Humphrey Bolton

About 460m to the east there is another shaft. These are captioned '(dis.)' - disused - on the current OS map, which surprised me as I remember hearing water flowing at the next shaft, in SE0129.

SE0029 : Shaft, Blacks by Mark Anderson
Looking towards Deer Stones Edge. At the bottom of this shaft is an aqueduct carrying water from the upper Calderdale reservoirs to the Albert treatment works in Pellon
by Mark Anderson

Links to old maps

Link to old OS six-inch maps on the Calderdale Council websiteExternal link
Search for Weather Hill 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 mapsExternal link
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

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