Edge End

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Date: Before 1743
Location: Crosland Edge, South Crosland, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Surnames/tags: Brook Yorkshire Harling
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Edge End was the name given to a group of 18th Century barns and dwellings located near the hamlet of Crosland Edge, not far from Huddersfield, Yorkshire. It is not known whether any of the dwellings presently standing here today still comprise original elements. Certainly, at least two of the extant dwellings are of very recent construction. Although the development no longer formally uses the name Edge End, the property bearing the civic address 26 Reservoir Side Road has a plaque "Edge End House". The site sits adjacent to the southeastern corner of Blackmoorfoot Reservoir. When the reservoir was created in 1871-1876, it flooded several of Edge End's neighbouring properties including, appropriately enough, Upper and Lower Wash, as well as Green Lane Bottom, leaving no trace. The name refers to the site's location, at the End of Crosland Edge, which itself was commonly referred to as Edge.

The earliest known reference to Edge End appears to be a reference in the book "The History of Meltham" by Rev. Joseph Hughes, 1866, in which he cites a document dated 1706 describing the sale of some land by one "William Harrison of Edge-end". The earliest appearance of Edge End in the parish records is the baptism, on 22 March 1743, of "John, son of Robert Harling [entered as 'Harlin'] of Edge End, Clothier", in the baptismal records of the Chapel of Meltham. Prior to that date there are no references at all in the parish records to Edge End, or even to Crosland Edge, which suggests that common usage of both of these community names may date from around that time. Four generations of the Harling family continued to live at Edge End from the 1740's to the 1850's, including one Robert Harling (1781-1865) who fought at Waterloo.

Among the families who have lived there, the Brook family were notable long-term occupants. Richard Brook moved there in about 1771 with his wife and young family, and three generations of his descendants continued to live there for the next 100 years.


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