Dean Wood, South Crosland

Dean Wood (also known as Deyne Wood) is a wooded valley in South Crosland which follows the course of Dean Clough from below Sunny Bank to Nether Moor Road. The wood skirts the northern part of Netherton.

It is regarded as an excellent example of a semi-natural ancient woodland.

Most of the wood is now owned by Kirklees Council, although parts remain are in private ownership. The Friends of Dean Wood help maintain the various public footpaths.


path through Dean Wood

The name is derived from the Old English word denu meaning valley.

The wood was part of the Beaumont Estate in South Crosland.

Prior to the construction of the Meltham Branch Line, the wood ran further down the valley and the Big Valley Hotel was known as the "Dean Wood Beer House" in the 1840s.

Historically, a number of areas in Dean Wood were quarried for sandstone and evidence of the quarries can still be found alongside the public footpaths through the wood.

On 12 July 1857, Abraham Todd was caught felling a tree in the wood by Beaumont's gamekeeper George Taylor. Brought in front of the magistrates, Todd claimed only to have cut off a branch but was found guilty and fined a total of 13s. 6.[1]

In May 1890, barber Herbert Gledhill and millhand Samuel Cousin, both of Netherton, were charged with stealing hazel underwood from Dean Wood on 23 April. The pair were found guilty and fined a total of 7s. each.[2]


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Notes and References

  1. "Magistrates in Petty Sessions: A Dear Prop" in Huddersfield Chronicle (25/Jul/1857).
  2. "Stealing Underwood" in Huddersfield Chronicle (17/May/1890).