Huddersfield Chronicle (13/May/1865) - The Footpath and the Railway Company

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The Footpath and the Railway Company.

From time immemorial the inhabitants of Lockwood have enjoyed the right and privilege of taking a walk when inclined through that romantic place known as Dungeon Wood, and so much has it been appreciated by the working men that it has gained the appellation of "Lockwood Park." During the formation of the Huddersfield and Meltham Railway, the contractors have thought proper to wall up the road and render it impassable. The company's servants were communicated with but to no purpose, and although the wall was knocked down by some of the public, the company built it up again. At the meeting of the Local Board, held five weeks ago, a deputation of the inhabitants waited on the board and complained of their "rights" being thus infringed. A remonstrance was sent to the officials, but no notice was taken of it. The subject was again mooted at the Local Board on Monday evening last, when the Highway Committee was ordered to view it, unless some satisfactory reply from the railway officials was obtained by Wednesday morning last. No communication being received up to that time, the committee met, and Messrs. J. Crosland, J. Ashton, W. Shaw, the chairman (R. Roberts), and the clerk went to view and inspect the place. They were accompanied by their surveyor. After looking at the place where the interruption exists, it was concluded that the footpath was a public highway, and had no right to be interfered with by the company until they had provided another one in its place. The surveyor, therefore, set to work and demolished the obstruction, and little doubt exists but that as often as it is obstructed it will be knocked down again. The road leads from "Upper wood" gate to Woodfield House, thence to Dungeon.