Hey Slack, Hepworth

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  • location: Hepworth
  • category: area with a cluster of properties


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

A "slack" was a hollow, or depression, and the word was formerly in very common use. The diarist Oliver Heywood wrote of his horse getting stuck "in a slack full of snow" and road improvements listed in a turnpike account of 1755 involved "slacks filling and hills lowering". In a 16th century boundary description there was a reference to a "peat mosse or slack" and the word does seem to have been more characteristic of the moorland areas. The earliest spellings of the place-name leave us in doubt as to whether the prefix was "high" or "hey" (i.e. enclosure): dialect pronunciation ensured that the two were often confused, but "high" seems the more likely word.