Heritage Open Day (HOD)
Saturday 11th September 10.00 am to 4.00pm
St Hilda’s Church and local history of Cowcliffe, Netheroyd Hill and Fixby.
St. Hilda’s Church, Netheroyd Hill Road, Cowcliffe, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD2 2LZ
Visitors to St Hilda’s Church (formerly school) first building designed by local Architect W H Crossland PowerPoint and Visual displays tell a story of isolated villages with farms & quarries & names like Richard Oastler, Thornhills & John Wesley.
Our HOD event offers a PowerPoint showing the history of the local area. Visual displays giving more information on life and development of St Hilda’s church and village life. There is the London Road (Surveyed by John Ogilby 1675) which went over the “Common called Cowcliffe” and the picturesque Ochre Hole.
Fixby Hall and Estate with the Thornhills and Richard Oastler connections and a walk that is part of Kirklees Way. The famous Thunderbolt tree, Longwood House (once home of the Crossland family) John Wesley visited here in his preaching days in Huddersfield area. At this moment in time the house is under renovation. Jilly Royd farm area before new residential development took place. The Shepherds Arms one of the oldest inns in the Huddersfield Area. The base of the Cross on South Cross Road and a Victorian House known locally as The Castle. which was once a tea room for walkers.
There is a Methodist Chapel built in 1836 although villagers met much earlier in homes and a Scout Hall which previously has been a Congregational Church, Sunday School and a Church Hall. The many quarries in the area provided employment for the men and stone for building.
The displays show the past life of the people of the village that still has the community spirit and the leisure, employment and sport activities.
As you enter St Hilda’s please admire our new stained glass window.
This event was well attended and raised over £300 in donations for Church funds