Thurstonland shown within West Yorkshire
|Metropolitan county||West Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
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 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.
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.
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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