This website has been created to record any oddities in the Kirklees area of England which may easily disappear from local  knowledge unless we record them now. Things like old, fading business signs painted onto buildings, village stocks, old lettering on pavements or post boxes or manhole covers.  In fact, any kind of oddity which may not survive and which would be of interest to anyone exploring this region’s past.  Our intention is to photograph them and record them as a lasting reminder that they once existed. In addition we will tell you a little bit about each of them.  Their history is inextricably interwoven with the history of Kirklees.

                       At Risk!!!!!!
                The Shears Inn

A Planning application has been made to demolish this historic public house where Luddites met in an upstairs room to discuss plans before the attack on nearby Rawcliffe Mill in April 1812. Business has been poor in recent years and the idea is to replace the pub with new housing. The pub bears a plaque detailing its history, including its former ownership by the Jackson family who also owned a shearing shop on the same Wakefield to Halifax turnpike. It became an alehouse in 1803 and was a popular meeting place for the shearers whose livelihood was threatened by mechanisation.

Longroyd Bridge Toll House

Also associated with the Luddite risings is Longroyd Bridge Toll House, more recently used as a taxi office, which is currently in poor condition and may not be with us much longer. It stood on the Huddersfield Austerlands Turnpike (now Blackmoorfoot Road) close to the site in 1812 of Wood's and Fisher's cropping shops in an area now known to have been Luddite headquarters. William Horsfall must have passed by on his fateful last journey on 28th April 1812, on horseback, from Huddersfield cloth market towards his home near Marsden. Not long after passing the toll house he was attacked and shot by a gang of four Luddites, George Mellor, William Thorpe, Thomas Smith and Benjamin Walker who all worked in those cropping shops and feared for their jobs and their futures. The attack happened at what is now William Horsfall Street. Horsfall was taken back along the road to the Warren House Hotel but died two days later from his
injuries. Mellor, Thorpe and Smith were hanged for the murder on 8th January 1813 after trial at York Assizes. Walker gave evidence for the Crown against them.

Nortonthorpe Mills
      (see Denby Dale page - Bagden Hall)

The mill sign over the entrance door is rapidly disappearing

We may this minute be at risk of losing lots of curious  and interesting features of Kirklees that we usually take for granted.  We are talking about the type of things already featured on this site plus many more.  Do you know of anything which is under imminent threat of disappearing forever???  If so, please let us know immediately so that we can photograph and record it now. Please contact us, quoting “Kirklees Curiosities“ at  Huddersfield.localhistory@kirklees.gov.uk. Help us preserve a record of our past for present and future generations.

Thank you.

Too Late!!!

Its already too late to save some objects.  For whatever reason some curiosities have already disappeared from our streets.  A few examples are featured here
                          Statue of Sir Robert Peel      
           (formerly in St. George's Square, Huddersfield)
Huddersfield Railway Station, St. George's Sqaure - with Peel Statue
                        Picture House, Huddersfield  
                                              Picture House, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield     

Stott's Mill, Mirfield
on fire 1909
Mill fire at Stotts Mills, Mirfield.
Nortonthorpe Hall, Scissett 

Home of Joseph Norton of Highbridge and Nortonthorpe Mills it later became a Remand Home and then a School.

An Inscribed stone marking the place where famed highwayman William Nevison killed local innkeeper Darcy Fletcher, who was trying to apprehend him, has been long lost. It was originally erected near Howley Hall, Batley, and commemorated the incident in 1684. It is rumoured a local farmer, fed up with sightseers trampling over his land, moved it and buried it in an unknown spot in the early 1900s.

Recently disappeared!!!!

 Walker School and Inscription,
 see Thornhill page

Recent additions to the website

Huddersfield: Anita Lonsbrough

Holmfirth: Martha Stocks

Denby Dale: Bagden Hall, Springfield Mill, Victoria Corn Mill and the Green family, the Kelso Travelling Theatre

Golcar:  Races and Flower Show

Dalton: Great Yorkshire Show and Roebuck Memorial Homes

Scissett: The Fleet, Scissett's public houses, the swimming pool

Clayton West: Spring Grove Mill