Marsden origins

Marsden in Prehistoric times

There were hunting settlements on the high ground here in the Stone Age, probably by 7,000 B.C. when the climate became milder after the long Ice Age and forests were established. By the New Stone Age, around 4,000 B.C., the hunters had become farmers, keeping animals and making pottery in settled communities. Stone Age tools have been found at Pule Hill, Warcock Hill, Standedge and March Hill.

Marsden in the Middle Ages

Marsden was first mentioned as Marchesdene – ‘boundary valley’ – in a document dated 1177. In the 14th Century Marsden was described as a forest 2½ miles long and 2 miles broad. As well as being a hunting ground for the Lord of Pontefract, the land provided pasturage for 6 bulls and 26 cows and pannage (acorns) for swine. A chapel was established in the 15th Century when Marsden was in the parishes of Almondbury and Huddersfield.

Read more about the history of Marsden on the Marsden History Group website.