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Coordinates: 53°35′N 1°45′W / 53.59°N 1.75°W / 53.59; -1.75

Thurstonland is located in West Yorkshire
 Thurstonland shown within West Yorkshire
Civil parish Kirkburton
Metropolitan borough Kirklees
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HD4
Dialling code 01484
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Huddersfield
List of places

Thurstonland is a small rural village in the Civil Parish of Kirkburton of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. It has a population of almost 400.

Thurstonland urban district was created in 1894 and merged with Farnley Tyas urban district in 1925. Both were abolished in 1938 under a County Review Order, with the majority of the district merging into the Kirkburton urban district and the remainder into the Holmfirth urban district. It is just outside the borders of the Peak District National Park.

It is situated on a hilltop above Brockholes and to the southeast of Farnley Tyas and north of Shepley and is located within the postal district of Huddersfield (HD4).

It has a village pub, First school - (Thurstonland Endowed First School), church, a children's recreational area and a cricket club. Apart from the pub on the southern edge of the village the other facilities are all located next to each other, at the northern edge of the village. Below the village, through the hill, lies the Thurstonland tunnel on the Penistone line railway, between Brockholes railway station and Stocksmoor railway station.

Within and around the village are a number of small dairy farms, that supply the surrounding area.


Thurstonland, viewed from Browns Knoll Road

The Wakefield county court rolls indicates that the village was known as a township as far back as 1275, where 'Storthes in Thurstonland' is mentioned and 'Matthew de Storthes', in the reign of Henry III (1216 to 1272) is also noted to have lived in the area. In 1541 Henry VIII granted "to John Storthes of Shitlington, but likewise of Storthes Hall, gentleman" the Manor of Thurstonland and other lands late the property of Roche Abbey.

Storthes Hall, on the northern boundary of the township, was originally a family mansion. It has been used as a boarding school and a mental hospital, and has now been converted into a residential campus for the University of Huddersfield.

Cricket club[edit]

Thurstonland, viewed from Grenside Road, showing the Church of St Thomas, school and cricket club

The club was founded in 1874 by a group of local cricket 'enthusiasts' on a site that they acquired in 1901, which was their third home. The club's Edwardian design wooden pavilion was built in 1910, though it is due to undergo some renovation and updating of its player facilities Development Plan. The club caters for both senior and junior teams.

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Media related to Thurstonland at Wikimedia Commons