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Haggs Hill Ossett - Other residents 1841 to 1901.

Haggs Hill Ossett.


Other Residents of Haggs Hill Road 1841 to 1901

In addition to the eight cottages and Farmhouse known as Haggs Hill Farm and the Dairy Farm known as Queens Drive Dairy Farm there were other dwellings on Haggs Hill Road. Some of these were built in the 18th century and some in the 19th. The above maps should help with the following description of those other dwellings.

Beginning in the west, at the junction of Teall Street and South Parade (in the 19th century this was the junction of Teal Town Road and Low Common Road) there were 3 cottages on the west [left] side of Haggs Hill Road . These were demolished in the 1920s when Teall Street was extended to join the newly constructed Queens Drive. A pair of Council owned bungalows currently occupy this site. Those cottages demolished in the 1920s were formerly owned by Francis Nettleton - Roundwood Colliery Manager - from about 1900. Prior to that they were owned by the Marsden and Dickinson families. The 1807 Ossett Inclosure Order shows them in the ownership of John Dickinson.

Moving eastwards along Haggs Hill Road and next door to where the demolished cottages stood is a 1980s built house and immediately next to the east is a pair of 18th Century weavers' cottages. Until 1918 these cottages were owned by the Steele family who inherited the property from Charles Wheatley, - JP and land and colliery owner. He had inherited the cottages and land from his forebears the Haigh family in the late 1800's. It is likely these cottages were built in the 1780s by Joshua Haigh, woolstapler, landowner and yeoman.
There is a history of these cottages on the Ossett History website.
This corner of Haggs Hill Road and the cottages that exist or existed here were, in the 18th and 19th centuries, occupied by families of weavers, mainly the Pickards who at one time lived in at least four of the five cottages that once stood here. .

Haggs Hill Road continued eastwards towards the Motorway, where now stands the 1970's Teall Court development built in the early 1970's. Prior to this development, on the south side of Haggs Hill Road, were two terraces each of three cottages [demolished to make way for Teall Court] and three detached cottages [two of which no longer exist - one having been demolished in the 1980's and one in 2007 to make way for the construction of Rushmead Court]. In addition to the previously described Dairy Farm and Haggs Hill Farm there was a further terrace of three cottages between the Dairy Farm and Haggs Hill Farm on the north side of Haggs Hill Road. This terrace was demolished in about 1970 to make way for the Teall Court development.

In 1901 the families living on the south side of Haggs Hill Road included Reuben Peace (living on his own means), Samuel Richmond (Gardener), Peter Blackburn (Coal Hewer), Joseph Kilburn (Coal Hewer), Ralph Crossland (Carpenter), Benjamin Teale (Colliery Railwayman) and Margaret Renshaw (widow). One of the cottages was empty. On the north side of Haggs Hill Road lived Emma Child (widow), Charles Asquith (Banksman), John Harrison(Tailor) and George Webster (Miner). The census also shows a George Stevens who I believe may have been living at the Dairy Farm.

In 1891 on the south side lived George Renshaw (miner), Owen Naylor(Rag Grinder),William Hallas (Miner), Sydney Ramsden(Miner), Joseph Ramsden(Miner), Henry Jackson (Farm Labourer), Samuel Richmond (General Labourer) and Ann Fothergill (living on own means). On the north side of Haggs Hill Road lived Emma Child (widow), Charles Asquith (Banksman), John Harrison(Tailor) and George Webster (Miner). The census also shows a George Stevens who I believe may have been living at the Dairy Farm.

In 1881 the south side of Haggs Hill Road shows Rowland Teall (Engine Fitter Coal), Aaron Brummit (Gardener aged 80), Henry Matthews (Miner), Maria Sykes (widow) and Ann Green. The analysis shows only five residents suggesting that one of the terraces of three cottages were built after March 1881 and before March 1891. On the north side were Emma Child, Abraham Crossley, Walter Lightowler, Job Child, Amos Etherington and Alice Sampson.This shows six families where I believe there were homes for only three so I suppose it is possible that some shown on the north side of the road were living on the south. Eliza Fothergill is also shown but she was probably living at the Dairy Farm.

In 1871 the south side of Haggs Hill Road has Rowland Teale(locomotive Engine driver), Aaron Brummit (Weaver) James Longley(Cloth Weaver) William Oakes(Engine Driver) and Henry Green(miner) To the north side were Emma Child and William Healey. George Wilson and Eliza Fothergill are also shown and they were probably living at the Dairy Farm.

In 1861 John Teale (Weaver) Aaon Brummit (weaver) Joshua Wilby (Retired Farmer) Amos Teale (Weaver) and William Bould (Weaver) were living on the south side and only James Durkin (Agricultural labourer) and George Wilson are shown living on the north side of Haggs Hill Road. The terrace shown on later maps on the north side of the road appears not to be shown in the 1854 map.

In 1851 the census has only Aaron Brummit (Clothier), William Hetherington (Carrier) and Mary Naylor (widow) living on the south side. I suspect they were living in the detached cottages and that the terrace of three cottages occupied in later years had not been built until after 1851. There is though a Nathan Brummit shown living on Ogden Road - a former name for Haggs Hill Road. Only Charles Hetherington and George Wilson are shown living on the north side

In 1841 Aaron Brummit (Brickmaker), Joshua Wilby (Boat owner!), and Nathan Brummit are shown living on the south side of the road. Only David Fothergill appears to be living to the north of Haggs Hill Road and I believe he was living and working the Dairy Farm.

Haggs Hill in 1955

1955 O/S Map.

The above map shows Haggs Hill in 1955 prior to the development of Teall Court in 1972 that fundamentally changed the landscape. Almost exactly 100 years earlier maps show, rather grandly, "Haggs Hill House" in the position of the existing Farmhouse which probably dates from the late 19th century. It is thought that the 1854 house was of earlier construction and as described earlier the barn adjacent to the Farmhouse does display characteristics of 18th Century construction. In other respects an examination of the 1854 and 1950's maps reveal a remarkable consistency of buildings presence and shape ......until the Teall Court development of 1972 which swept away 100 years of earlier buildings.

Looking at the 1955 map and reading from left to right (west to east) shows the postal addresses as they existed at that time. Numbers 7 and 9 Haggs Hill Road are as now. Numbers 1, 3 and 5 would have been the old cottages, to the left of 7 and 9, in 1807 owned by John Dickinson and more recently(1918) owned by Francis (Frank) Nettleton. These would be demolished in the early 1950's. Odd number postal addresses continue to the north of Haggs Hill Road (once Haggs Lane and before that Governor Road) with number 11 (formerly Queens Drive Dairy Farm once owned by Wally Gill and later by Percy Wilby - probably the birthplace of Jeff Wilby). Number 11 is now a detached house built in the early 1970's. To the east of the original number 11 was a terrace of three cottages numbered 13, 15 and 17.These stood opposite the present number 44 ("Cosy Cottage") Haggs Hill Road and were probably demolished in 1971.Further east is another row of three cottages (numbers 19, 21 and 23), at right angles to Haggs Hill Road on land now owned by Pauline Blackburn. These would be demolished between 1957 and 1971. Further east is number 25, now Haggs Hill Farm House, and numbers 27 and 29 which were attached to the eastern gable of the farmhouse. In the front of the farmhouse stood three cottages, numbers 31, 33 and 35. These latter five cottages would be demolished between 1957 and 1971.

Even numbers were to the south of Haggs Hill Road and working right to left (east to west) stood number 16 [became number 46 in 1960's]. This site appears to have had a chequered history, the land being subject to a statutory declaration in 1918. This house no longer exists and in its place stands a garage in the grounds of the current number 44. Next door, to the west stands number 14 ("Cosy Cottage" - rebuilt in the 1970's - and now number 44). To the west of that is number 12 (until 2007 it was number 42) once the home of Watson Hirst, which stood in ¾ of an acre of land and was bought by Percy Wilby in 1960 after he sold Queens Drive Dairy Farm. It is now the site of seven houses built in 2007 and known as Rushmead Court (these new houses carry the addresses of 67 and 67a Teall Court, 42 Haggs Hill Road and 1-4 Rushmead Court). Further west stood a row of three cottages numbers 8, 10 and 10a [28, 30 and 32 in 1960s] suggesting that numbers 8 and 10 were built earlier than 10a - which appears from the map to be detached from 8 and 10 (which shared a privy). Numbers 8 and 10 were bought and sold - at a profit - by Percy Wilby in the 1950s These would be demolished in 1971. Slightly to the west was another terrace of three cottages numbers 2, 4 and 6 [22, 24 and 26 in the 1960s] Haggs Hill Road. These too would be demolished in 1971.

The addresses of the houses to the south of Haggs Hill Road appears to have changed in the 1960s. This was probably as a result of the construction of three pairs of bungalows at the Teall Street junction with Haggs Hill Road on land allotted to Joshua Haigh in 1807 and sold by David Pickard Harrop in about 1960. The addresses of these bungalows are 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. In the 1960s the next addresses along Haggs Hill Road were 22 to 32... then 42 to 46. When the properties were re-numbered, numbers 14 - 20 and 34 - 40 were omitted. Perhaps it was to accommodate other development proposals which never came to fruition - or perhaps the intention was some of the Teall Court houses would carry a Haggs Hill Road address.

Of all the houses on Haggs Hill in 1854 only two have remained undiminished by subsequent development and change. These are numbers 7 and 9 Haggs Hill Road known as "The Cottages".


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