Rose Villa, Honley

Rose Villa is a property situated below Honley on Scotgate Road[1], near to the former site of Thirstin Mills.


The property was probably built in the 1870s for Allen Heap of the woollen manufacturing firm Heap Brothers, who was residing there at the time of the 1881 Census. The Heap family were linked to both Lord's Mill and Crosland Mills but were forced to sell off many of their assets in the mid-to-late 1880s, after which Allen Heap moved his family to Horsforth in Wharfedale.

Rose Villa appears to have been placed up for auction in 1889.[2]

The next known resident of the property was local manufacturer John William France of Steps Mill in Magdale, listed in the 1891 Census with his wife Kezia (née Bulmer) and three children.

By 1901, woollen manufacturer Benjamin Eastwood was residing at Rose Villa with his wife Edith and servants Rachel and Florence Pickering. The Eastwoods were still living at the property at the time of the 1911 Census.

By the 1930s, it was known as Roseville.


Notes and References

  1. Scotgate Road was also known as "Loose Side".
  2. An auction advertisement appeared in the the Huddersfield Chronicle (15/Jun/1889) for a freehold property in Thirstin, Honley, "in the occupation of Mr. Allen Heap."