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 14th century.

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.

Contents

Volume I: Part I

Chapter I — Introduction

  • a) On the Origin of Legends and Traditions
  • b) "Faked" Legends

Chapter II — Legends Concerning Persons

  • I. The Devil
    • 1) The Devil at Netherton
    • 2) The Devil at Roydhouse, Shelley
    • 3) Old Nick in Quarmby
  • II. The Legend of St. Lucius and Farnley Tyas Church
  • III. The Traditional Visit of Paulinus to this District, 627-633 A.D.
  • IV. Robin Hood at Kirklees Priory
    • 1) Who Was Robin Hood?
    • 2) The Sources of Robin Hood's Traditional Death at Kirklees
    • 3) The Burial Place of Robin Hood and the Inscription Thereon
  • V. Sir Richard Beaumont, 1574-1631 (Black Dick)
  • VI. The Story of Father Hocker (or Hooker)
  • VII. Sybil Brooke
  • VIII. Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1658
  • IX. John Spencer, of Cannon Hall
  • X. Charles Edward Stuart, 1720-1788 (The Young Pretender)
  • XI. General James Oglethorpe, 1688-1783
  • XII. Sir John Ramsden, 1755-1839

Volume I: Part 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 I: Part III (1941)

Chapter VI — Legends and Traditions Relating to Places

  • Part I — Churches
    • 1. The Legend of the Church on Castle Hill
    • 2. The Parish Church of St. Peter, Huddersfield
      • a) The First Church
      • b) The Site of the Chantry Chapels
    • 3. The PArish Church of All Hallows, Almondbury
      • i) An Ancient British Sacred Site
      • ii) St. Helen's Chapel or Chantry
      • iii) The House and Service of St. Nicholas at Almondbury
      • iv) The Broken Cross
      • v) The Lead Roof on the Church of All Hallows
    • 4. The Cross on the Vicarage Lawn at Christ Church, Woodhouse, and its Supposed Connection with the Church
    • 5. The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Kirkburton
    • 6. The Beaumont Chapel in the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Kirkburton
    • 7. The Parish Church of Emley
    • 8. The Parish Church of Hartshead
  • Part II — Traditions Relating to Halls and Dwelling Houses
    • 1. Crosland Hill Manor House
    • 2. Deadmanstone
      • i) The Origin of the Place-Name
      • ii) The Boulder Stone in the Grounds of Deadmanstone
      • iii) The Underground Passage to Castle Hill, from the Interior of Deadmanstone
    • 3. The Dives House at Dalton
    • 4. Elland Old Hall
    • 5. Emley Old Hall — Mary and the Wolf
    • 6. Emley New Hall
    • 7. Fenay Hall
    • 8. Some Buildings in Fixby Park
      • i) The Orangery
      • ii) The Ice House
      • iii) The Remains of the Bath House
    • 9. Gledholt Hall
    • 10. Hallstead Hall, Thurstonland
    • 11. Milnsbridge House
    • 12. Newhouse Hall, Sheepridge
    • 13. Quarmby Hall
    • 14. Thickhollins, Meltham
    • 15. Tinker's Monument
    • 16. Whitley Hall
    • 17. Wormall Hall, Almondbury

Volume I: Part 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 I: Part 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

Volume I: Part VI (1943)

Chapter VIII (continued) — The "Follies" of Huddersfield and its District

  • 4. The Folly at Linthwaite
  • 5. The Folly at Slaithwaite
  • 6. Folly Doorstones at Cowcliffe
  • 7. Folly Dolly at Meltham

Chapter IX

  • Stories and Traditions of Stones and "Marked" Crosses
    • 1. At Townend, Almondbury
    • 2. In Cote Lane, Fixby—Rastrick
    • 3. In Toothill Lane, Rastick
    • 4. Near the Old Cooper Bridge
    • 5. At High Hoyland
    • 6. On the East Wall of Fixby Park
    • 7. At Sun Woodhouse, Woodhouse Hill
    • 8. At New Gate, Berry Brow
    • 9. A Cross on a Dry Wall on the Steeps in the Direction of Harden Moss, and the Date 1867
    • 10. In Kirkgate, over Messrs. Hartley & Tee's Premises
  • "Motto" Stones
    • 1. At Farnley Tyas
    • 2. At Emley
    • 3. Crosland Moor
    • 4. The Wounded Hussar, Manchester Road
    • 5. Edgerton Cottages, Edgerton
    • 6. Harp Road
    • 7. Malvern Road, Primrose Hill
    • 8. The Stone Archway of Emley School

Chapter X — Underground Passages

  • 1. From Newhouse Hall to Lower Felgreave Wood
  • 2. The So-Called Passage from Whitley Hall to the Summer House
  • 3. The Supposed Underground Passages from Fixby Hall
  • 4. The "Tunnel" Under Beaumont Park
  • 5. The Tunnel in Brooke's Wood, Armitage Bridge
  • 6. A Tunnel at Farnley Tyas
  • 7. The Underground Passages in King Street

Chapter XI — Miscellaneous Legends and Traditions

  • a) Traditions Related to Persons
    • 1. The Two Scotsmen at Honley
    • 2. Captain Edward Harling of Almondbury
    • 3. Seth Senior and the Sovereign
    • 4. The Old Woman on the Pennine Range
    • 5. "General" Uther and "General" Almond
    • 6. The Family of Sykes
  • b) Traditions Related of Places
    • 1. The Lion Arcade
    • 2. The Old Corn Mill at Thunderbridge
    • 3. Gunthwaite Spa
    • 4. The Peel Statue

Volume II: Part I (1944)

Chapter I — The Elland Feud

  • 1) Introduction
  • 2) Summary of the Story of the Elland Feud
  • 3) Three Sources of the Feud

Volume II: Part II (1944)

Chapter I (continued)

  • 4) The Literary Sources of the Feud
    • i) The Play Version
    • ii) The Ballad Versions
      • a) The Beaumont-Watson Transcript
      • b) The Holroyd-Turner Transcript
    • iii) The Prose Versions
      • a) "The Dyscorse of the Slayter of Eland, Lockwood, Quarmby"
      • b) The Hopkinson Manuscript
      • c) The Broomhead Hall Manuscript
      • d) The Discourse of ye Slaughter of Eland, etc.
      • e) "Revenge Upon Revenge" or "An Historical Narrative of the Tragical Practices of Sir John Eland, of Eland, etc."
  • 5) Problems Connected with the Elland Feud
    • i) Is the Story Historically True?
    • ii) The Cause of the Feud
    • iii) The Dates Between Which the Feud Took Place, 1341-1351
    • iv) The Identity of "Hugh" De Quarmby
    • v) The Christian Name of "Old" Lockwood De Lockwood
    • vi) The Identity of Sir Robert Beaumont, Murdered by Sir John De Eland the Elder in 1341
    • vii) The Age of Adam Beaumont in the Time of His Father's Murder in 1341
    • viii) The Attestation by the Various Antagonists in the Feud of Each Other's Charters
    • ix) The Part Played by the Lacys of Cromwellbottom in the Feud
    • x) The Relation Between the Savilles and the De Elands
    • xi) Pedigrees
    • xii) The Scene of William De Lockwood's Death
  • 6) Conclusion
  • 7) Documentary Confirmations

Volume II: Part III (1945)

Chapter I (continued)

  • 8) The Topography of the Elland Feud
    • i) Elland Old Hall
      • a) Description
      • b) Sir John de Eland the Elder
    • ii) Quarmby Hall
      • a) Description
      • b) Pedigree of the De Quarmbys of Quarmby Hall
      • c) Steps Taken to Preserve Quarmby Hall
    • iii) Lockwood Hall
    • iv) Crosland Hall and Moat
    • v) Puel and The Standing Stone
      • a) "The Mount Beneath Marsden"
      • b) The Standing Stone
    • vi) Towneley Hall
    • vii) Brereton Hall
      • a) Description
      • b) The Kinship Between the Beaumonts, the Towneleys and the Breretons
    • viii) Cromwellbottom Hall and Woods
    • ix) Brookfoot
    • x) Kane Head
    • xi) Furness Fells
    • xii) Botham Hall
    • xiii) Rishworth
    • xiv) Elland Mill
    • xv) The Ainleys
    • xvi) Whittle Lane and the Old Earth Gate
    • xvii) Emley Hall and Park
      • a) Description
      • b) Pedigree of the Fitzwilliams of Emley
      • c) Emley New Hall Tenants
      • d) The Lady Oak
    • xviii) Cannon Hall
    • xix) Pedigree of the Beaumonts
    • xx) Pedigree of the Towneleys

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