Leeds Intelligencer (09/Nov/1818) - Meltham Inclosure

As part of the enclosure of Meltham, two roads were built:

  1. a route from Meltham Mills to the Greenfield Road, now Acre Lane and Thick Hollins Road
  2. a route from the centre of Meltham to the Greenfield Road, now Wessenden Head Road

The following is a transcription of a historic newspaper article and may contain occasional errors. If the article was published prior to 1 June 1957, then the text is likely in the Public Domain.


WE, WILLIAM RAYNER and JOHN BUCKLEY, the Commissioners appointed in and by Virtue of an Act of Parliament lately passed, intituled, “An Act for inclosing Lands in the Manor of Meltham, in the Parish of Almondbury, in the West Riding of the County of York,”

Do hereby give NOTICE,

That, in Pursuance of the above recited Act, and of another Act of Parliament in passed in the Forty first Year of the Reign of his present Majesty, intituled “An Act for consolidating in One Act certain Provisions usually inserted in Acts of Inclosures, and for facilitating the Mode of proving the several Facts usually required on the passing of such Acts,” We have set out and appointing the following Public Carriage Road and Highway, Private Carriage and Occupation Road over the Lands and Grounds by the said first-mentioned Act, directed to be divided, allotted and inclosed, and over other Lands called Old Inclosures, mentioned in the first-mentioned Act, (that is to say)

One PUBLIC CARRIAGE ROAD and HIGHWAY, of the Width of Thirty Feet commencing at the Porter’s Lodge, situate at Meltham Mills, belonging to Joseph Green Armytage, Esq.; and extending thence in a Westwardly Direction over and along the present Road, called Acre Side Road, including Part of the North East of Two old Inclosures, called The Acres, belonging to the said Joseph Green Armytage, thence in nearly the same Direction over and along the said Acre Side Road to the Point at which the present Thickhollins Road crosses the said Acre Side Road, thence extending nearly in the same Direction to a certain Stone called The Guide Post[1], now standing upon Thickhollins Moor, thence extending nearly in the same Southwardly Direction across Great Gutter, to the Boundary of the Manor of Meltham, leading into the Township of Austonley, near to Snape House, which above described Road we call The Meltham Mills and Austonley Road.[2]

One PRIVATE CARRIAGE and OCCUPATION ROAD, of the Width of Twenty-four Feet, where the same passes over old inclosed Land and of the Width of Sixty Feet, where the same passes over the open Common, commencing at the Town Street of Meltham, South of and near to the Swan Public House in Meltham aforesaid, in the Occupation of Mr. John Garlick, and entering from the said Town Street into an old Inclosure, called the Elmet, belonging to Thomas Shaw, Esquire, and now in the Occupation of Mr. James Garlick, near to the North-East Corner thereof, and extending thence in a South-Westwardly Direction, over said Inclosure, to the South Side thereof, thence nearly in the same Direction, along the same Side thereof, to the South-West Corner of the same old Inclosure ; thence in the same Direction, over other old Inclosures, to the North End of an ancient Messuage or Dwelling-House, belonging to John Taylor ; thence in a straight Line, and in nearly the same Direction, over several other old Inclosures, passing about Twenty Yards to the South East of an ancient Messuage or Dwelling-House, called Lower Colders, towards and unto the open Common ; thence extending nearly in the same Direction over Open Common, towards and unto Top of Town-Slack, and from thence to a Spring called Clarke’s Spring[3], over Part of the Common called Liggin Platts[4], to Great Gruff, and thence extending in a Southwardly Direction over Part of the Common, called Fleike Moss[5], to Rustry-Syke-Clough[6], near which Place it enters the Township of Marsden, which above described Road we call The Fleike Moss Road.[7]

And we do here by give further NOTICE,

That we have left a Map of Plan of the said Roads, at the Office of Mr. Joshua Crosland, Solicitor, in Huddersfield, our Clerk, for the Inspection of all Persons interested or concerned and that we appoint a Meeting to be held at the Ramsden’s Arms, in Huddersfield aforesaid, on Wednesday, the Twenty-ninth of November next, at Ten o’Clock in the Forenoon, for the Purpose of hearing and receiving such Objections as may be made to the setting out of the Two above described Roads. Dated the 27th Day of October, 1818.



  1. The guide post is now a listed monument: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1184090
  2. This route is now Meltham Mills, along Acre Lane to Thick Hollins Road, and reaching the junction with Greenfield Road.
  3. Marked as "Clerk's Spring" on the 1854 O.S. map.
  4. Marked as "Laggin Plat" on the 1854 O.S. map.
  5. Marked as "Flake Moss" on the 1854 O.S. map.
  6. Marked as "Rushy Sike Clough" on the 1854 O.S. map.
  7. This route is now Wessenden Head Road and is marked as the "Meltham and Wessenden Head Trust" turnpike on the 1854 O.S. map.