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Old Village Hall Eccup 2016.jpg
Old Village Hall, Eccup
Eccup is located in West Yorkshire
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53°52′34″N 1°33′54″W / 53.876°N 1.565°W / 53.876; -1.565Coordinates: 53°52′34″N 1°33′54″W / 53.876°N 1.565°W / 53.876; -1.565

Eccup is a village in the civil parish of Alwoodley and north of the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is just north of Alwoodley and east of Bramhope and Golden Acre Park. Eccup is at the north-west edge of Eccup Reservoir.


The place-name Eccup is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Echope. It is thought to derive from an Old English personal name Ecca + hōp 'enclosed land amid unpromising land; a small, enclosed valley'. It would therefore mean something like 'Ecca's patch of good land'.[1] From the sixteenth century the area up to the River Wharfe was known as Adel cum Eccup.[2] Adel is about 2 miles south-west of Eccup.

Burden Head Farm, just to the north of the village, is also first attested in the Domesday book, as Burgedurun and Burgheduru’. It is thought to come from the Old English words burg ('fortified place') and dūn; thus it once meant 'hill of the fortification'.[3]


Kelly's Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire (1881) refers to a Methodist (Wesleyan) chapel in Eccup.[4]

Use in Emmerdale[edit]

Eccup and The New Inn public house at the north of the village are location settings for the soap Emmerdale.[5] Brookland Farm, a working farm to the south of the pub, is used for external shots of Butlers Farm, and Creskeld Hall, north-west in Arthington, for Home Farm. However, most of the soap is filmed in a specially built village in the neighbouring parish of Harewood to the north-east.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Victor Watts, The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), s.v. ECCUP.
  2. ^ Adel NDS Revised Draft for Consultation April 2014.
  3. ^ Harry Parkin, Your City's Place-Names: Leeds, English Place-Name Society City-Names Series, 3 (Nottingham: English Place-Name Society, 2017), p. 29.
  4. ^ Kelly's Directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire (1881), Part 1, page 48, accessed 25 November 2017
  5. ^ '[ Burden Head Farm, watercolour painting]', Leodis: A Photographic Archive of Leeds.

External links[edit]

Media related to Eccup at Wikimedia Commons