Top half of Southowram Bank

Folly Hall

The picture above and below would be half way up Southowram Bank with Beacon Hill Road above.

Often mistaken for Castlemaine House but this is No's 64,66 and 68 Southowram Bank, half way up the bank in a similar area as the picture below.

Some things never change. It seems car drivers still haven't learned that even the modern 4x4s are out of control on steep icy/snowy hills.

This path(seen here centre/right) leads round the back of what used to be St Micheals Church(hidden behind the trees) and you can still see grave-stone-like markers which are perhaps church boundary markers.

Robert Parker planted a number of trees on the bare hillside, but, with the coming of the mills and factories, these were killed off by the pollution from the town. Most of the trees and shrubs which can today be seen on the hillside are the results of reafforestation to mark the Halifax centenary in 1948 – when over 500 trees were planted – during the campaign organised by Charles Holdsworth in 1949, and more in 1956. In the early 1970s, members of the Halifax Civic Trust began to plant trees and shrubs – mainly broom and willow.

Before the Piece Hall existed, there were two cloth halls that stood around the Hall End area at the  top of Crown Street. Cloth sellers would wait at the shops and inns nearby for the market bell to ring before displaying their cloths for sale and the bell sounded again to end trading. The bell you see on St Michael's church, above, was that very bell that eventually found it's way to Bankfield museum.

Above - St Micheals and All Angels Church


Taken from a hot air balloon in about 1980

As we climb Southowram Bank we reach Blaithroyd Lane on our right. The pictures above and below show the bottom side entrance to Blaithroyd

The house with the sign above the door was once the 'Lane End' pub.

Blaithroyd Court is on the right hand side of Blaithroyd Lane as you enter it from Southowram Bank

Continuing on the bottom side of the road. Same house but looking north.

Blaithroyd Terrace

We have reached Trooper Lane. On the opposite side of the road we have Blaithroyd Farm.

Blaithroyd Farm

There was also a pub and grocers shop called 'New Road Hotel' aka 'New Road Inn' at 66 Blaithroyd Lane (possibly at the junction with Trooper Lane) which  opened in 1869 and closed in 1949. 

"Which is at present a farm house of no great appearance : there
is a tradition that certain papists, inhabitants of Halifax, not being
allowed to exercise their religion in the town, or dreading a per
secution if they staid longer there, retired hither, and had the pre
sent barn for their place of worship, about 1572, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, as that date is on the building. This barn is
called the Ne<v-Hall, and was larger and chambered; the places
where the timber belonging to the floors was fastened being visible,
and even part of the plaster in the upper rooms remaining when Watson saw it in 1759, The windows might then be seen, and
there was a fire place on the north side, which was pulled down in
1756. There was in the house, in stained glass, in a window, a sick man in bed with his arms crossed, and a man with crutches and
beads, as if paying a visit to the sick man, having compassion finely
expressed in his face. Near the house was a large cave or hollow, made in the side of the hill, but in Watson's time the mouth of it was choked up with a great quantity of large stones. A little dis
tant from the house was also some ground in the delf-brow, called
the Burying-place.
The name of this place seems to be derived from the AngloSaxon BlseS, the blade of herbs, and by synecdoche the herb itself ; and royd, or land which has not been plowed ; unless it may be
thought to come from the British Blaidh, a wolf. It is sometimes
called the Bank, and was the seat of a branch of the family of
Savile, whose pedigree is referred to by Watson.
It is a very ancient situation, for Watson says, he had the copy
of a deed, dated 10 Hen. IV., by Avhich Thomas Lacy del Mere,
near Castelford, grants the reversion of a messuage called Bladehous, and certain parcels of land called Bladeroides, and Bladehey, to Henry Savile, of Copley, esq.

We now view the top side of Blaithroyd Lane on our way back towards Southowram Bank.

Half way on Blaithroyd (top side)

The grocers and provision dealers at 10 Blaithroyd Lane, Southowram Bank. The shop was occupied in 1905 by Ezra Nicholl

We now know that E.Nicholl's grocers was on the top side of Blaithroyd at the bottom of the drive up to Castlemaine House. A continuation of the path/road to the left, that goes behind the houses, can be seen in the picture below.

Castlemaine House

Castlemaine House was once known as Blaithroyd Working Mens Club

Read the story of Castlemaine House and Wallace Bentley here.

The above picture shows the buildings on the top side of the road whilst the picture below show the other side of these buildings which continued up the Bank.

The building at the top of this row is the back of Castlemaine House, which is the only building that still stands from those in this picture.

Top of Southowram Old Bank.

This was the entrance to Fees Builders at one time. The company built the 1950s houses on Blaithroyd Lane.

Trooper Lane

Trooper Lane, Pit Hill, Caddy Field and the Stoney Royd area. Please feel free to add your own input by emailing

An old Courier photo of Water Lane looking at the Trooper Lane area.

This is the area around the back of Mackintoshes.

Trooper Lane is 200 yards to the right of this picture.

Here we can see Stoney Royd Fever hospital in the foreground with the Caddy Field school behind it and Trooper Lane winding up towards Blaithroyd Lane which runs along the picture 3/4 of the way up.

Pit Hill was so called due to all the mining in this area.

Trooper Lane Co-op

Past and present.

Mr T W Hanson wrote that the name 'Trooper Lane' derives from when the plague afflicted Halifax in 1645, soldiers and other travellers used Trooper Lane to avoid town and the need to go by the church and up 'Old Bank' where the disease was rife. An alternative reason for it's name suggests that when 'Ward's End' was the furthest outpost of the Royalists during the Civil War, the Parliamentarians used the route King Cross, Haugh Shaw, Shay, Water Lane and Trooper Lane to avoid them.

Carry on up Trooper Lane, just above Blaithroyd Lane and as you reach the next bend you would come to Prospect Terrace, a block of ten back to back houses before the road finally levels off and makes it's way back to the main road (Bank Top).

These videos were filmed on Trooper Lane. The first was Gary Lineker in a Walkers crisp ad and the second was a Joe Jackson music video

High Grove 

High Grove Place

High Grove Lane - Holly Mount

Prospect Terrace

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