The Legends and Traditions of Huddersfield and Its District (1940s) by Philip Ahier

The Legends and Traditions of Huddersfield and Its District was a series of 9 booklets written by noted local historian Philip Ahier between 1940 and 1945, and published by the Advertiser Press of Huddersfield.

The final 3 booklets in the series deal with documents Ahier rediscovered relating to the Elland Feud of the mid-1300s.

Copyright Status

Under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the copyright of literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works in the United Kingdom expires at the end of the period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.

The author, Philip Ahier, died in 1975 and copyright on his works will expire at the end of 2045.

Selected Contents

Volume II (1941)

Chapter III — The Legend of Bretton Hall

Chapter IV — Legends Connected with Historical Events

  • Part I — Visitation of Plagues
    • 1. The Plague at Hepworth
    • 2. The Plague at Newsome and Newsome Cross
  • Part II — The Luddite Riots, 1811-1813
    • 1. The Episode at the Former "Shears Inn", Lowerhead Row (Demolished in 1938)
    • 2. The Attack on Dungeon Mill at South Crosland
    • 3. The Sequel to the Raid on Pond Farm, Netherton
    • 4. Wrigley Mill, Netherton
    • 5. The Attack on Fixby Hall, 1811
    • 6. The Luddite and Other Rioters in the Vicinity of Sheepridge and District
      • i) At Newsome Hall
      • ii) The Raid on a Shop in Fartown
      • iii) The Raid at Jill Road Farm
      • iv) The Raid on Bracken Hall, Fartown
      • v) "The Cot", Upper Newhouse
    • 7. The Erection of a Fort in the Queen's Head Yard, Off King Street
    • 8. The Outrage on Stainland Cross
    • 9. Townend, Almondbury
    • 10. The Attack on Mr. James Roberts' Dressing Shop at Quarmby on March 3rd, 1816

Chapter V — The Matrimonial Adventures of Alesia de Laci and the Love "Affairs" of John de Warenne, 8th Earl of Surrey

Volume IV (1942)

Chapter VI (continued)

  • Part II — Traditions Relating to Halls and Dwelling-Houses
    • 18. Bay Hall, Birkby
    • 19. The Barn at Gunthwaite
    • 20. Lane Head, Shepley
  • Part III — Legends Relating to Dwelling-Houses Now Demolished
    • 1. Former Ecclesiastical Edifices at Gunthwaite
      • a) The Ruins of the Church at Gunthwaite
      • b) The Ruins of the Private Chapel of the Bosvilles
    • 2. The Hermitage: Armitage Bridge and the Family of Armitage
    • 3. The First Carr House, Shepley
    • 4. The Former Cloth Hall
    • 5. Cook's Study
      • a) Cook's Study
      • b) The Chantrey Tower
    • 6. Crosland Hall and Moat
    • 7. Lockwood Hall
    • 8. Lower Hurst at Longwood or The Old Longwood Court House
    • 9. The Former "Rose and Crown" Public House, Huddersfield
  • Part IV — Traditions Concerning Landmarks and Localities, etc.
    • 1. Castle Hill
      • a) The Statement that the Towers of York Minster Can Be Seen from the Top of Castle Hill
      • b) The Water in the Moats on Castle Hill
      • c) The Underground Passages at Castle Hill
      • d) The Battle on the Slopes of Castle Hill
    • 2. Ark Hill Mound, Birkby
    • 3. Round Hill, Rastick
    • 4. Round Wood, Waterloo

Volume V (1942)

Chapter VI (continued)

  • Part IV — Traditions Concerning Landmarks and Localities, etc. (continued)
    • 5. The Colne Valley
      • a) The Forest of Marsden
      • b) The "Headless Horseman" of Linthwaite Old Hall
      • c) The Slaithwaite Moonrakers
      • d) The Marsden Cuckoo
      • e) The Golcar Lily
    • 6. Catgrave Road
    • 7. Fixby Park and District
      • a) The "Emparking" of Fixby
      • b) "The Three Sisters" and Other Groups of Trees in Fixby Park
      • c) "The Three Sisters"
      • d) "Faith", "Hope" and "Charity"
      • e) Morgan's Clump
    • 8. The Thunderbolt Oak, Lightridge Road, Fixby
    • 9. Gallows Field in Kaye Lane, Almondbury
    • 10. Storthes Hall Woods
    • 11. The So-Called Temple of the Sun at West Nab, Meltham
    • 12. Rocking Stones
      • a) At Meltham
      • b) On Wholestone Moor, Near Outlane

Chapter VII — The Stories of Some Structures in the Vicinity of Huddersfield

    • 1. Cooper Bridge
    • 2. Dumb Steeples
      • a) Near Kirklees
      • b) On Grange Moor
    • 3. The Haigh Cross
    • 4. Longwood or Nab End Tower

Chapter VIII — The "Follies" of Huddersfield and its District

    • 1. The Wainhouse Folly at Halifax
    • 2. Folly Hall, Chapel Hill
    • 3. The Folly at Honley

The Legends and Traditions of Huddersfield and Its District (1940s) by Philip Ahier


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