Fulstone, sometimes named Foolston(e) or Foulston(e) in older documents, is a village approximately 2½ miles east-north-east of Holmfirth.


The place name is believed to be derived from "Fugol's farm" or "Fugol's settlement" in Old English.

In Holmfirth: Place-Names and Settlement, George Remonds lists the spellings Fugelestun (1086), Fougleston (1317), Fogelston meare (1370) and Fulstonemere (1472).

Historically, Fulstone was also a township in the Parish of Kirkburton, which included the village of New Mill and the hamlet of Scholes. Together with six other townships, it formed the Graveship of Holme.

From 1862 to 1894, is was governed by Fulstone Local Board.


A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) edited by Samuel Lewis:

FOULSTON, a township, in the parish of Kirk Burton, union of Huddersfield, Upper division of the wapentake of Agbrigg, W. riding of York, 7¾ miles (S. S. E.) from Huddersfield; containing 1856 inhabitants. It comprises by computation 1200 acres; the surface is beautifully diversified with hill and dale. The village is situated on an eminence surrounded by lofty hills; the inhabitants are chiefly employed in the woollen manufacture.

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1872) edited by John Marius Wilson:

FOOLSTONE, or Fulstone, a township in Kirkburton parish, W. R. Yorkshire; 5½ miles SSE of Huddersfield. It includes part of Newmill village and part of Scholes hamlet. Acres, 1, 200. Real property, £5, 273; of which £323 are in mines and £74 in quarries. Pop., 2, 414. Houses, 455. See Newmill.

Holmfirth: Place-Names and Settlement (1994) by George Redmonds:

"Fugol's farmstead" from an Old English personal name connected with the word which also gave us "fowl". The old settlement is characteristically located on the rim of a plateau, once the site of the open fields, and the parallel stone walls remain as evidence of their enclosure. The few houses and adjoining fields, partly sheltered by hills to the east, form an evocative landscape, particularly when viewed from the road to Snowgate Head, reminding us of a medieval hamlet which had its development arrested by the growth of New Mill.

Parish Boundary

The extent of the Civil Township of Fulstone in the late 1880s is shown below:[1]

Further Reading


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Notes and References

  1. Compiled from O.S. maps of the early 1890s.