• Birks Hall was built, or rather re-built in 1699, and was the residence of Dr Samuel Threapland (schoolmaster and M.D.) In 1776, Mr Ramsbottom conveyed to the Halifax Trustees for £300 a spring of water arising in Birks Wood. In 1853, Mrs Lancashire and Mrs Brook gave £400 and land for building Pellon Church and Parsonage.

Birks Hall with it's mill, dam and Hebble Brook. To the left is Shroggs Road and you can also see the houses on the top right which are off Pellon Lane. Dean Clough and Halifax cooling towers are in the distance along with Beacon Hill.

This site became Birks Hall Tip and later known as Shroggs Tip. Hebble Brook now flows under a huge grassy mound.


Amalgamated with Nursery and bethel Methodist to form the Ovenden Methodist Church. Nursery Lane was opened in 1824, Bethel was commissioned in 1859 and Wheatley in 1883.

The building at the bottom of the hill, with the prominent chimney stack, was Fred Akroyd's fish and chip shop. Also, nearby was a butchers shop and a corner shop selling groceries.

Now 'The Flying Pig'

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