Berry Brow shown within West Yorkshire
|Metropolitan county||West Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Berry Brow is a semi-rural village in West Yorkshire, England situated about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Huddersfield. It lies on the eastern bank of the Holme Valley and partially straddles the A616 road to Honley and Penistone.
The village has a Victorian infants' and nursery school, some shops and a railway platform on the Penistone Line. It lies between Armitage Bridge, Taylor Hill and Newsome. Berry Brow is served by two public houses (The Railway and The Golden Fleece) and a liberal club. The site of a third public house, The Black Bull, has now been converted into an Indian restaurant.
In the bottom of the valley are two high rise buildings, consisting of local authority flats and bedsits. These reached public notoriety in the 1980s, when they were found to contain high levels of asbestos, which had been built into the fabric of the building, under the regulations in force at that time. Expecting to take approximately 6 months to complete the task of removing the asbestos, Kirklees Council temporarily re-housed the tenants in other areas, the majority of whom consisted of mature and elderly residents. As the 6 months dragged on into first two then three years, the tenants were offered more permanent housing elsewhere. The two blocks were eventually refurbished at a cost in excess of £6,000,000. They were then used to house younger single people and asylum seekers from other countries. As part of the refurbishment a 'State-of-the Art' CCTV security system was installed to cover both buildings.
Notoriety again began to rise due to the escalating amount of drug use, violence and drug-dependent crimes from a minority of tenants. This entailed an increased use of security staff, concierges and CCTV cameras, plus evictions by the housing authority.
The oldest part of the village is Deadmanstone. Originally known as Dudmanstone, Dudmanstone House is situated above Berry Brow. In 1584 the estate was recorded as belonging to the Lockwood family:-
- "Thomas Lockwood holdeth a messuage called Dudmanstone, now made into two ; two gardens ; one little croft, called Tenter Croft ; two closes, called Cockshutts ; two closes, called Ouroyds ; one close, called Sykes ; third part of one called William Croft ; one little meadow, called Calf Croft ; one other meadow, called the Lime Croft ; four closes called the Lees, &c. One house, called the Forward House ; one garden and one close to the same belonging. One house called Budge Royd. One house and one garden in the tenure of one Shaw ; and one meadow to the same adjoining. One messuage, called Stirley ; one garden and one croft to the same belonging."
- Newsome Ward Profile 2009, Kirklees MBC
- Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing report - Beacon Study 2005
- Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing - Smile - you're on KNH TV!
- Annals of the Parish of Almondbury by Charles Augustus Hulbert - Armitage Family .238 (Page 22)
- Annals of the Parish of Almondbury by Charles Augustus Hulbert - Armitage Family .237 (Page 21)
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