Hartshead is a village in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire, England, 3.7 miles (6 km) west of Dewsbury[1] and near to Hartshead Moor.[2]

The centre of Hartshead village
Hartshead is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
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53°41′53″N 1°43′30″W / 53.698°N 1.725°W / 53.698; -1.725

The village has pre-Norman Conquest origins; the Walton Cross is believed to be dated from the 11th century.[3]

The name Hartshead is derived from Herteshevet or Herteshede which is Scandinavian in origin and means Hill of Heort, Heort meaning Hart in modern English.[4]

Patrick Brontë served as curate of St Peter's Church in Hartshead between 1811 and 1815,[5] in which time he met his wife, Maria Branwell (although they met in Rawdon, some dozen or so miles away from Hartshead).[6] They were married in Guiseley and became the parents of Anne, Branwell, Charlotte and Emily Brontë.[7]

Kirklees Hall is between Hartshead and the nearby village of Clifton.

Robin Hood is reputed to have been buried near Hartshead[8] or in the grounds of the nearby Kirklees Hall.[9] The exact place is not known, as the gravestone has been moved at least 3 times.

Governance edit

Hartshead was historically a chapelry in the parish of Dewsbury, becoming a civil parish in 1866.[10][11] In 1931 the parish had a population of 849.[12] On 1 April 1937 the parish was abolished, with most of the area, including the village, being added to the parish of Liversedge in the urban district of Spenborough (which became a borough in 1955). The remainder was added to Brighouse.[13] Spenborough Urban District was abolished in 1974 when Kirklees was created. No successor parish was created for the borough and it became an unparished area.[14]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "GENUKI: Dewsbury Supplementary". www.genuki.org.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  2. ^ "288" (Map). Bradford & Huddersfield. 1:25,000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 9780319244852.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Walton Cross, 100 yards north of Walton Cross Farmhouse (Grade II*) (1313305)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion : Foldout". www.calderdalecompanion.co.uk. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Brontë, Patrick". Clergy of the Church of England Database. King's College London. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  6. ^ Juliet Barker The Brontes
  7. ^ "Reverend Patrick Brontë | Brontë Parsonage Museum". www.bronte.org.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  8. ^ "History of Hartshead, in Kirklees and West Riding | Map and description". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  9. ^ "New book explores myths surrounding Robin Hood's grave at Kirklees Estate". Huddersfield Examiner. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  10. ^ "History of Hartshead, in Kirklees and West Riding". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 11 August 2023.
  11. ^ "Relationships and changes Hartshead Ch/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 11 August 2023.
  12. ^ "Population statistics Hartshead Ch/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 11 August 2023.
  13. ^ "Halifax Registration District". UKBMD. Retrieved 11 August 2023.
  14. ^ Local Government Act 1972

External links edit

  Media related to Hartshead at Wikimedia Commons