Hartshead Churchyard Tour :
Inside the churchyard to the
right of the main gate (Section 4) and near the wall
side is the place where mortally wounded Luddites are
believed to have been buried, secretly at night,
following their fateful encounter at Rawfold Mill
Liversedge on 11 April 1812.
The story was told by the Rev Thomas Atkinson. The Rev Patrick Brontë, coming home late one night, stumbled upon this makeshift funeral and realising what was happening passed by quietly.
Unable to help, he nevertheless would not betray these men.
The oldest gravestone in the churchyard is the one with the broken cross by the Chancel door 14th or 15th century, not far away but near the path are four Highley graves 17th century and belonging to Highley who lived at Highley Hall Clifton.
Another interesting grave is one belonging to the Pilling Family dated 1680, and there is a water wheel craved on it.
The Pilling were Corn Millers and fullers at Kirklees Mill for over a hundred years. All the Pilling family were buried in section 2B, but the Gravestones no longer exist but we do have the gravestone inscriptions (See Section 2B).
Beside the wall is the grave of Phoebe Robertson (Section 4) She run-away with the Rev Hammond Robertson to get married, The Rev Hammond Robertson was incumbent of Hartshead from 1796-1803. Phoebe died in 1810 and after that, Mr Roberson turned his energies to building of Liversedge Church, paid out of his own money and consecrated in 1816. He was buried in his own churchyard.
In the northern there is a square stone recording the gift of Land by Sir George Armytage the land was given in 1815, also in this area is the School House built in 1822, this northern area is (Section 4) is the Largest area between the Church Tower and wall at the Back, across the Foot path is (Section 2A) this area is where the Old Yew tree stands. (Section 3) is the foot Path and (Section 2B) is the lawn area.
The Southern Graveyard is the newest area opened in 1914 (Section 1) it has one Commonwealth War Grave.
Robin Hood's Grave
The death of Robin Hood as always been linked
with Kirklees Priory and evidence seem to prove that he
died at the priory but were the grave is not certain.
In Norman Pobjoy Book his conclusion is (Robin died ether by accident or by design.
And though the story of the arrow speeding from the window in the Priory to the place of burial presents technical difficulties, there are those who rightly say that the inability to shoot a certain distance in the 20th century is no proof it existed in his day.
The story is a good one and worthy of the man, it has lasted over seven hundred years.)
Robin Hood’s Grave or Not
There is a local legend that a grave near the vestry is Robin Hoods grave, it is said that it came up from Kirklees with a few bones some were around 1780
It is similar to Stukley’s drawing of the original Cross, it had been cut in half and is not in the original place in the churchyard where it was laid it seems that it was in section 2b were all the grave were removed in the 1960s the evidence for this is from Maria Bronte diary.
(Robin Hood myth is still alive and well there are two legends about him.
They say he made his last arrow from the old Yew tree Patrick showed us near the graveyard which is now only a dried trunk.
We the arrive at what is thought to be Robin Hoods Grave at the furthest Section 2b of the graveyard)
|SECTION TWO A|
SECTION TWO B
Page 1 No 1 to 30: Page 2 No 31 to 60: Page 3 No 61 to 88:
Page 1 No 1 to 37
Page 1 No 1 to 29: Page 2 No 30 to 59 Page 3 No 60 to