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Denis Marshall Pickles
Monday, December 11, 2017 16:53
House Built Over t' Beck
On the opposite side of the road to the Bay Horse pub is a terrace of three or four houses built over the beck. I can only assume that there must have been an accute shortage of land available on which houses could be built when these House were built. Why else build them in such a strange place? Can anyone provide a plausible reason? Residents must find it strange knowing that a few feet beneath the living room floor there is water flowing, especially when the beck is in full spate.
Robin Longbottom
Sunday, December 17, 2017 09:54
There a four houses at Overburn, the beck runs under all of them. The building is shown on the 1853 OS sheet and also on a plan of Sutton dated 1860, neither suggest that it was housing at this time and it may well have been built for industrial or warehouse use. The building was purchased by John Willie Hartley, possibly from the Harper family, in the last quarter of the 19th C. By 1887 it had been converted into four cottages and by 1894 Hartley had been converted it again into eight back to back cottages for workers at Greenroyd Mill. In the 20th C the back to back properties were knocked through to make the present four houses.
Denis Marshall Pickles
Monday, December 18, 2017 20:10
Thanks for the info re the cottages built over the beck. Before posting my message. Thought to myself, if anybody knows owt about the history of the building it?ll be Robin. And I was right!

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