Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is the local name given to an area at the head of the Wessenden Valley, around the junction of Greenfield Road (A635) and Wessenden Head Road. The area was a popular walking destination in Victorian times.

According to some sources, the area was named as it resembled the bleak landscape of the Hebridean Isle of Skye. Other sources contend that the area is named after the hotel which once stood there.

Isle of Skye Hotel

The Isle of Skye Hotel was a former inn on the Greenfield Road sited near the junction with Wessenden Head Road, at a height of around 1,500 feet above sea level. It stood just inside the boundary of the township of Upperthong.

The premises closed following the construction of the Digley Reservoir in the 1940s due to concerns about sewage from the property polluting the water supply.

Isle of Skye Borehole

A borehole 600 yards to the west of the hotel was sunk to a depth of nearly 700 feet between 1929 and 1933, which was then connected to Wessenden Head Reservoir via a ¼ mile long adit. By the late 1930s, the borehold was naturally yielding 90,000 gallons of water a day but this could be increased to 275,000 gallons by the use of a pump house which was installed in 1934.[1]

Further Reading


Notes and References

  1. History of the Huddersfield Water Supplies (1939) by T.W. Woodhead, pages 91-92.

Isle of Skye


This page was last modified on 12 August 2018 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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