Place:Wood Hey Laithe, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameWood Hey Laithe
TypeUninhabited hamlet
Coordinates53.543417°N 1.839837°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - c1930)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
See alsoHolme, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandimmediate locality
Holmfirth, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcivil parish in which it was located until 1974
Kirklees, West Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough covering the area since 1974


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A collection of two to three farm dwellings which were abandoned and demolished before the 1930's so that human activity would not contaminate the drinking water catchment above Brownhill and Ramsden reservoirs (Batley Water Corporation - Now Yorkshire Water PLC)

Note: 2 Families in 1891 census, 2 Uninhabited dwellings in 1901 census, thought to be demolished before 1930's.

Nearby Mount farm has one inhabited, one uninhabited in 1881, 1891 and 1901 census. It is believed the dwelling was abandoned and demolished in the 1930s as a living relative of the author remembers living there as a young girl. The main inhabitants, Howard family, moved to nearby Lane Village, which was also under threat from the Water Corporation, but survived and became repopulated.

See if you can zoom in on the google map and see the outlines of the demolished buildings in the field (you need to select Hybrid View)

Image:Wood Hey Laithe.jpg

Segment of old map showing the shape of the Hamlet and nearby Mount farm

[1] Link here to see an image in Kirklees Image Library to see what the farm would have looked like.


1841 census

Image:1841 Wood Hey laithe James Howard.jpg

1851 census

Image:1951 Census sched 95 Holme David Howard.jpg

1861 census

Image:1961 Census sched 62 Holme James Howard.jpg

Image:1961 Census sched 63 Holme John Howard.jpg

Image:1961 Census sched 64 Holme David Howard.jpg