Historic Photographs of Earlsheaton

Map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland for non-commercial use only

Earlsheaton is a village between Dewsbury and Ossett. It was called “Ettone” in the Domesday book and was possibly “waste” or unproductive at the time as many areas of Yorkshire had been punished 20 years earlier by William Ist in his “harrying of the north“. The village slowly grew once again, specialising in weaving woollen cloth and blanket making. Ancestors of mine settled in Earsheaton Lowside, near the church in the 16th Century and the family wove blankets there for at least 300 years at Littleroyd.

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