FIELD SYSTEMS AND PLACE NAMES
OF OLD KNOTTINGLEY
TERRY SPENCER B.A. (Hons), Ph D.
PORT OF KNOTTINGLEY :
GAZETTEER OF PLACE NAMES
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An irregularly shaped field of six acres, shaped like an axe and lying in
the great South Field at the edge of the boundary with Ferrybridge
fields. Probably named from being near to oak trees which as well as
acorns for feeding pigs, produced bark used in tanning leather.
A row of houses at Marsh End, situated between Howards Field and the
roadside. The property is one of a series of buildings constructed in
the nineteenth century by mariners resident in the town. Others include
Sarnia (the Roman name for Guernsey) in Cow Lane, L’Ancess (Guernsey
Bay), Grove Cottage (Marsh End), Humber Cottages (Banks Lane - Weeland
Road), Providence Row (The Ropewalk) and Ocean Cottages which stood in
For a period of time one of the houses in Ocean Terrace served as the
Congregational Church Manse.
OLD TOWN QUARRY
Situated behind Knottingley Workhouse and alongside Headlands Lane, this
early quarry was used for the employment of able-bodied paupers on
parish relief in the eighteenth century. It appears to have been worked
out by the end of that century and was replaced by another site in the
early nineteenth century.
Occupying an area between lower Aire Street and the Croft, this land, a
little over an acre in extent, was originally named Cock Garth. By the
mid nineteenth century the site contained houses and cottages in its
upper part and fruit trees in the end nearest Cow Lane. The nature and
name of the site was retained until the introduction of the Aire Street
redevelopment scheme in the 1960s.
A lane opposite the old Bendles area which provided the site for Bagleys
glassworks from the late nineteenth century. The lane was situated
opposite the main entrance to the works and was later characterised by a
single railway line running across Weeland Road along which Bagleys
shire horses used to pull railway wagons containing white sand into the
factory yard from the railway sidings opposite. Today the line of the
Orchard Lane provides an entrance to the workshops opposite the factory
but a little over a century ago led to land containing fruit trees.
During the Second World War that part of the former orchard lying
alongside Womersley Road provided a temporary home for a large circular
water storage tank for use in wartime emergency.
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