Dungeon Wood

Dungeon Wood is an area of woodland situated to the south-west of Lockwood and forms a major part of Beaumont Park.

Historically, the northern section of the wood was in the Lockwood district, whilst the southern part was in South Crosland.

History

The name "Dungeon" possibly derives from the "Dun-Den" — "Dun" meaning "hill" and "Den" meaning "the place of".[1] However, George Remonds has speculated that it simply reflects the dark and oppressive nature of the wood.

In 1812, the Luddites who shot William Horsfall fled through the wood from Crosland Moor, and according to some reports, two of their pistols were buried there.[2]

The wood contained a number of quarries and there are several reported accidents and fatalities, including Mary Mellor (1855) and Thomas Garside (1860).

The wood was the property of Henry F. Beaumont and was donated to the Huddersfield Corporation in 1879 for the purposes of creating the first public park in Huddersfield. A strip of the wood had previously been purchased by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company in the 1860s for the purpose of building the Meltham Branch Line.

There had been previous discussions by the Lockwood Local Board, in 1886, led by John Ashton, regarding securing a section of the wood, with the intention it might be turned into a park by granting free access to the public and providing seating at appropriate places.[3]

Maps

This 1854 map shows the likely extent of the wood, prior to the construction of the Meltham Branch Line and the park:

Dungeon Wood 1854 map.png

Further Reading

Notes and References

  1. The History of Lockwood and North Crosland (1980) by Brian Clarke, page 10.
  2. "Atrocious Murder" in Leeds Mercury (02/May/1812).
  3. "Lockwood Local Board Meeting: Proposed People's Park for Lockwood" in Huddersfield Chronicle (13/Oct/1866).

Dungeon Wood

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This page was last modified on 17 April 2016 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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