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The centre of Hartshead village
Hartshead is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
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53°41′53″N 1°43′30″W / 53.698°N 1.725°W / 53.698; -1.725Coordinates: 53°41′53″N 1°43′30″W / 53.698°N 1.725°W / 53.698; -1.725

Hartshead is a village in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England, 3.7 miles (6 km) west of Dewsbury[1] and near to Hartshead Moor.[2]

The village has pre-Norman Conquest origins; the Walton Cross is believed to be dated from the 11th century.[3]

The name Hartshead is derived from Herteshevet or Herteshede which is Scandinavian in origin and means Hill of Heort, Heort meaning Hart in modern English. [4]

Patrick Brontë met his wife, Maria Branwell (they met in Rawdon, some dozen or so miles away from Hartshead)[5] in 1811, when he was parson of Church of St Peter in Hartshead. They were married in Guiseley and became the parents of Anne, Branwell, Charlotte and Emily Brontë.[6]

Kirklees Hall is between Hartshead and the nearby village of Clifton.

Robin Hood is reputed to have been buried near Hartshead[7] or in the grounds of the nearby Kirklees Hall.[8] The exact place is not known, as the gravestone has been moved at least 3 times.


  1. ^ "GENUKI: Dewsbury Supplementary". www.genuki.org.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  2. ^ "288" (Map). Bradford & Huddersfield. 1:25,000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 9780319244852.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Walton Cross, 100 yards north of Walton Cross Farmhouse  (Grade II*) (1313305)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion : Foldout". www.calderdalecompanion.co.uk. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  5. ^ Juliet Barker The Brontes
  6. ^ "Reverend Patrick Brontë | Bronte Parsonage Museum". www.bronte.org.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  7. ^ "History of Hartshead, in Kirklees and West Riding | Map and description". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  8. ^ "New book explores myths surrounding Robin Hood's grave at Kirklees Estate". Huddersfield Examiner. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2017.

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