Yorkshire Post (18/Dec/1936) - This World of Ours: The Yorkshire Hades

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The Yorkshire Hades.

I wonder what proud Yorkshire farmer christened the pleasantly-situated farm above the Arunden reservoir, near Holmfirth, which I passed the other day. It is called Hades. Perhaps it was the farmer s wife, a "fly bit" out of a town, who thus showed what she thought of country life. Or perhaps the name was given as a gesture of scorn to the next-door neighbours; for the adjoining farm is called Elysium.

Hades, which stands a little way off the road by the tiny barn-like church half a mile from tine crossroads at Snittlegate, is a fairly new farm for this district. It bears the initials "I.S.S." and the date 1865 above the doorway; but one of the outbuildings, which was the original farm, has "L.W. 1706" above it. So I suppose it was "L. W." and not "I.S.S." who christened the farm.

This year, I heard it had changed hands. The previous tenant found Hades too cold.