With the growing prosperity in the town during the 19th century as a result of the boom in rags, mungo, shoddy and woollen cloth manufacturing, many Ossett industrialists built fine houses to demonstrate their wealth.
Park House, Wesley House and Green Mount are good examples of the excellent Victorian houses that began to appear in Ossett during the second half of the 19th century.
There are still one or two very old 63 bank street ossett dating in Ossett that date back even earlier to the 18th century. One such pair of cottages in Haggs Hill Road, Ossett date back possibly to or earlier. Inthere were at least three large stone-built mansion-type houses in Ossett: Springstone House is still 63 bank street ossett dating existence, however, the other two houses were demolished some years ago.
I am grateful to Alan Howe for permission to reproduce below just a small part of the extensive history he has written about the cottages at Haggs Hill Road and the lives of the Ossett people who lived in them. Alan is also responsible for the detailed history of the Pickard family who lived at Green Mount, Ossett, which I have quoted extensively to describe some of the history of the house.
Numbers 7 and 9 Haggs Hill Road, Ossett, which are believed to date back to the early to mid 18th century. Alan and Pat Howe live in one of a pair of semi-detached cottages on Haggs Hill Road and their son-in-law and daughter, Ashley and Emma Wild live in the other with their son Jack. It is thought that the cottages were at one time a farmhouse built by Joshua Haigh, a local landowner who lived at Longlands House in Ossett. In the deeds, Joshua Haigh is described as a woolstapler, gentleman landowner and county yeoman.
He purchased the land for the farmhouse from Edmund Heron on the 23rd November The deed to the land refers to ' two butts of land lying in the said East Field between a close of the said Joshua Hepworth called Lights Brigg Pighles on the south and the land of Mr.
Dawson on the North.
It is thought that the original farmhouse building was built by Haigh for his son, also Joshua Haigh who was born in Joshua Haigh senior died in and it is likely then that his son would have vacated the farmhouse or cottages to take up residence at Longlands House, which was off the Halifax to Wakefield turnpike road at Flushdyke.
The earliest references to the cottages is that shown in a Valuation Record for Ossett inwhich was ultimately used to raise money from taxes for the war with France during the American Revolution after the French offered support to the Americans.
The property is shown in the valuation record as being in the ownership of Joshua Haigh junior and is described as ' House and Lights Bridge Pighle '. The record indicates that the house wasn't occupied by tenants, and it is more likely that the Haigh family occupied the building themselves. In Joshua Haigh was a woolstapler in Ossett. A woolstapler would buy raw wool and take it by packhorse to the homes of workers where it would be hand combed, spun into yarn and woven into cloth on handlooms.
The finished product would be then collected by the woolstapler and sold at local Piece Halls in Bradford, Halifax, Leeds or Wakefield. The Land Tax record of appears to show a change in the occupation of the building and it is likely that it was now occupied by tenants for the first time. Possibly, it was at this time that the farmhouse building was divided into two separate cottages and used by the tenants for weaving cloth.
The Land Tax records show that a Mark Pickard born married to Hannah and with eight children was living in a property on Ossett Low Common that was owned by Joshua Haigh, which was almost certainly the farmhouse or cottages. After Mark Pickard had died, followed by his widow Hannah, who died in the s, their son Robert Pickard born and his wife Nancy lived in one of the cottages with their nine children.
The Pickard family were tenants and later owners of the cottages for close to years, between approximately and The Pickards, living in Low Common, Ossett were traditionally weavers and woollen 63 bank street ossett dating workers and inthere were 45 Pickards living in close proximity as members of six separate families.
Rear of the cottages showing the now "63 bank street ossett dating" door entrances at the rear first floor level. It is thought that these doorways were 'piece' or 'taking in' doors, which were set at first floor level in an exterior wall to facilitate the loading in and out of bulky materials like wool and yarn or finished items such as kerseys and broadcloths, which weighed 66lbs.
A wooden walkway would have extended from the door to the raised land behind the cottages. After Robert Pickard died in at the age of 81 from " general decay and pneumonia ", the tenancy was taken on by one of their sons, Isaac Pickard borna cow keeper dairyand now with his second wife Eliza. The couple lived at the cottages with their nine children until Isaac's death inaged Once again, the tenancy was taken on by one of the Pickard family, this time by Isaac's son, also Isaac Pickard born However, Isaac Pickard junior, who had been a weaver and a dealer in malt, but by then was a farmer and market gardener, went one step further than his ancestors and bought the cottages with 4.
There were actually four separate, but connected pieces of land, in the conveyance. The final area of land stood opposite the cottages on the other side of what was then South Parade. The original owner of the 63 bank street ossett dating and land, Joshua Haigh had several children, but they all died childless. Inthe cottages were left by the Haighs to the Wheatley family who were related to them by marriage.
She died in and subsequently left the cottages to her two unmarried daughters Camilla and Mary Steele. Isaac junior was the last of the Pickard family to live at the cottages and he died in from a "63 bank street ossett dating" attack and chronic asthma in the same cottage that he had been born in 81 years earlier.
Isaac Pickard married Emma Quarmby inbut the couple had no children and the cottages passed to his "natural" daughter, Nora Quarmbythe daughter of his sister-in-law, Mary Ann Quarmby born Mary Quarmby and her daughter Nora lived in the cottages 63 bank street ossett dating Isaac and his wife Emma from about When Emma Pickard died inMary and Nora Quarmby remained at the 63 bank street ossett dating and it was Isaac who brought up Nora and she subsequently looked after "63 bank street ossett dating" in old age.
The couple then went to live at number nine, where John Harrop carried on the market gardening business in his own right.
Sadly, Nora died in Novemberand the properties transferred 63 bank street ossett dating the ownership of her husband, John Harrop continued to live at number 9 until his death on 20th February As the properties came under new ownership, the large greenhouses behind number seven were demolished and the cottages were significantly modernised for life in the 21st century. Meanwhile, three generations of the Hanson family were to live at number 7, Haggs Hill Road.
Bertram Owen Hanson, born inmarried Beatrice Lucas in Shortly after their marriage in Wakefield, the newly married couple moved into number 7, where they raised a family of four children: Vernon Hanson was to take on the tenancy of 7 Haggs Hill Road after his parents died and he lived there with his first wife Gladys Cartwright whom he married in and then later his second wife Elsie Oldroyd whom he married in Michael Hanson and his wife Norma among the dahlias in the garden of 7 Haggs Hill Road in the early s, before a large part of the garden was sold off to build a new house at 5 Haggs Hill Road.
Michael was the last of three generations of Hansons to live at the house. The photograph clearly shows the s blocked up doorways which were 'piece' or 'taking in' doors to facilitate the loading in and out of bulky materials like wool and yarn or taking out finished items such as kerseys and broadcloths. The upper floor of the cottages would have been used by self-employed weavers in the 19th century and wooden steps would then have led up to the access doorways. In the s, Ossett Borough Council compulsory purchased the three or more acres of land referred to as 'Wheatley's Closes' for the development of Towngate.
Wheatley's Closes would have had a significant value as prime residential building land. There was another family of Pickards in Ossett who were related to the Low Common Pickards described above. David established himself as a shopkeeper and cloth maker and in he married Sarah Hirst, They had six children but the first two died in infancy. His third child, Georgewas born in and was the father of the children who became the Pickards of Green Mount. Ossett grocer and draper, George Pickard born 9th Aprila Quaker birth married Hannah Mitchell born in and they had four children, 63 bank street ossett dating boys and two girls: Sarah, born in ; David born inAndrew born in and Hannah born in The family lived in a cottage, said to be where Green Mount would later be built, at the junction of Southdale Road and The Green.
In their neighbour was John Greenwood, surgeon of Sowood House. George Pickard died in and his wife Hannah died in He was then in partnership with Mark Wilby and they were the co-owners of Manor Mill, Ossett which was used for rag grinding and scribbling.
David was still single and living with his unmarried sister Hannah 32 at the Pickard homestead on the Green. Andrew 35 was also single, but had moved to live in lodgings in Leeds where he is described as a "Woollen Manufacturer"with mill premises in Aire Street, Leeds.