Hades, Wooldale

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  • location: Wooldale
  • category: area with properties

A former isolated community comprising farmsteads which was situated in Wooldale close to the boundary with Cartworth.

Although the name sounds Biblical, the local pronunciation was the same as Hade Edge (i.e. "Aid Edge") and was "Aids" rather than "Hey-deez".[1]


Place-Names of South-West Yorkshire (1913) by Armitage Goodall:

HADES, Marsden and Holmfirth. — Things are not always what they seem. A dialect-word hades which means "a place between or behind hills and out of sight" is recorded by EDD ; and the same authority gives another word hade as meaning "a headland or strip of land at the side of an arable field upon which the plough turns." The latter word is also recorded in NED and is explained as "a strip of land left unploughed between two ploughed portions of a field." But NED has also a verb hade which means to incline, to slope, and this seems to be connected with the Norw. dialect-word hadd, pl. haddir, explained by Aasen as a slope or incline. In 1534 Fitzherbert has the following expression: "Horses may be teddered vpon leys, balkes, and hades."


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Notes and References

  1. According to the Yorkshire Post (09/Feb/1954), a local pronounced it to rhyme with "shades".

Hades, Wooldale


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