Upper Heaton, Kirkheaton

As noted in West Yorkshire: An Archaeological Survey to A.D. 1500 (1981), Upper Heaton was likely a separate hamlet within the Township of Kirkheaton during the Middle Ages. However, no hamlet boundary is marked on the first O.S. map from the mid-1800s.

Discovering Old Huddersfield

Extract from Discovering Old Huddersfield (1993-2002) by Gordon & Enid Minter:

If Kirkheaton can be said to have a centre, then Town Road is as near as we can get to it today. But it was not always so. Heaton means high farmstead and the original Anglo Saxon settlement was probably two thirds of a mile away, to the north of Town Road, on the site of the present Heaton Hall farm at Upperheaton. When the church was built, in a convenient position for the other townships in the parish, settlement would spring up near to it. Thus, there developed two Heatons, Upper Heaton near to the original site and Kirkheaton the Heaton near to the church. Town Road was originally a footway leading through one of Heaton's vast open fields. Kirkheaton today is a pleasant mixture of architectural styles with houses and cottages, yards and folds ranging in date from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.