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Hall Bower Lane, Hall Bower, Newsome, Huddersfield HD4 6RR   View Map

Altitude: 192 Metres/630 Feet

Huddersfield League

Volunteer Contact:

John Peaker

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Founded: 1876
Former Grounds: Castle Hill (1877), Field opposite Hall Bower Chapel (1878), New Laithe Hill (1881-84)
Nearest Landmark: Castle Hill
Nearest Railway Station: Berry Brow
By Bus: 341/354 from Huddersfield Bus Station
Nearest Other Club: Almondbury Wesleyans

Nearest Pub: The Victoria


Timeline (40kb PDF)

Early Years (1.6mb PDF)
Later Years (4.8mb PDF)
Centenary Brochure 1877-1977 (4.8mb PDF)

Club History in Express & Chronicle Newspapers (125kb PDF)

Concise History of Club (16kb PDF)

1877 1st Match v Moldgreen (118kb PDF)

1893 Alliance Winners (103kb PDF)

1895 Alliance Table (56kb PDF)

1914 Huddersfield Central League Table (56kb PDF)

1930-35 Cash Book & Accounts (296kb PDF)

1934 Huddersfield Central League Winners (664kb PDF)

1936 Huddersfield Central League Winners (101kb PDF)

1936-40 Cash Book & Accounts (219kb PDF)

1939 Tinker Cup Winners (119kb PDF)

1941-45 Cash Book & Accounts (179kb PDF)

1942 Promotion from Section 'B' (226kb PDF)

1943 1st XI & 2nd XI Title Winners (114kb PDF)

1946 Section 'B' Winners (109kb PDF)

1946-50 Cash Book & Accounts (182kb PDF)

1951-52 Cash Book & Accounts (84kb PDF)

1966 (25 Jun) Paddock Shield Winners (251kb PDF)

1967 Byrom Shield Winners (209kb PDF)

1968 Paddock Shield Winners & Sykes Cup Runners-Up (415kb PDF)

1972 Sykes Cup Winners (1.9mb PDF)

1974 Income Appeal (233kb PDF)

1976 1st XI, 2nd XI & Indoor Trophy Success (1.3mb PDF)

1977 Centenary (1.8mb PDF)

1977 Gala & Paid Player (265kb PDF)

2003 Post-Relegation Struggle (417kb PDF)

2005 Heritage Exhibition Launch Event (436kb PDF)

Club Badge (51kb PDF)

Club Jumper (70kb PDF)

LEAGUES: Huddersfield League (web link)


Who's Who (404kb PDF)

Imtiaz Ali   Trinidadian Professional (Cricinfo)

Andy Booth   Footballer-Cricketer (web link)

John Peaker

Team Photos

1900s (44kb PDF)

1910s (414kb PDF)

1930s (564kb PDF)

1940s (36kb PDF)

1950s (1.2kb PDF)

1960s (1mb PDF)

1970s (2.5mb PDF)

1980s (295kb PDF)

1990s (207kb PDF)

Undated (37kb PDF)


Story of Hall Bower Lane (428kb PDF)

1950s Tea Tent (32kb PDF)

1951 Hall Bower Lane (39kb PDF)

1968 Pavilion (194kb PDF)

1970s Pavilion (235kb PDF)

1985 Ground Improvements (103kb PDF)

2007 Hall Bower v Emley Clarence (2.1mb PDF)

Heritage Graphic, Hall Bower Lane (55kb PDF)

3D Map & Aerial Photograph (250kb PDF)

Watercolour by Tony Haigh


Aerial & Long-Range Views (664kb PDF)

Car Park (138kb PDF)


Environs (303kb PDF)

General Views

Groundsman (134kb PDF)

On the Boundary

Players (326kb PDF)

Scorebox (205kb PDF)

Signage (419kb PDF)

Spectators (470kb PDF)

Wicket & Square (295kb PDF)

Local Context

Profile of Hall Bower by Lindsay Pollick (116kb PDF)

Wikipedia (web link)

Castle Hill 1 (web link)

Castle Hill 2 (web link)

Castle Hill 3 (web link)

Former Cricket Clubs in Local Area (web link)

Hall Bower Sunday School CC

Further Reading

P.Ahier, The Story of Castle Hill, Huddersfield (Advertiser Press, 1946)

The Hall Bower Book of Memories (Trustees of Hall Bower Sunday School)

Huddersfield Examiner

Holme Valley Express


With grateful thanks to John Peaker (HBCC).

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The Ground
  Archive Images


Greatest Moment

1972 - winning the Sykes Cup for the first time after a 32-year wait.

Local Hero

Andy Booth - Huddersfield Town legend and club president.

Bizarre Fact

Derek Stow took all 10 wickets in an innings during the 1966 season.

By Castle Hill

Hall Bower's ground can be spotted just a few fields down from Castle Hill as you look upwards from anywhere in the near vicinity of Huddersfield. It is a splendid, spectacular location, a fantastic place to play and watch local league cricket, and is only yards away from the local watering hole - the Victoria Hotel.

From afar, and when cricket is not being played at Hall Bower, the field just looks like yet another piece of neatly-mown farmland, surrounded by tracks, dry stone walls, overgrown moors and bushes sprouting purple-coloured flowers.

But when you draw up close, you realise that this particular field boasts a pavilion, a scorebox, and several garage-style buildings. Yes, this is a cricket ground - and a high-quality one at that.

Isolated Setting

What differentiates Hall Bower from other venues is its setting - the backdrop of Castle Hill is very special - but also its sense of isolation.

Granted, there are a couple of rows of semi-detached houses nearby, a set of farm buildings, and a stand-alone Sunday School (once upon a time this was all the rage, and unaffiliated Sunday Schools started emerging everywhere), but when you are sat on one of the many benches surrounding the playing area, you are struck by the quietness and tranquility of the place - it is calm and serene, even when the bowlers or the batters are in aggressive mode.

The playing area has a professional feel about it. There are no sightscreens, but at both ends of the ground the dry stone walls are whitewashed. If it wasn't for Castle Hill looking down on you, you might actually feel that you were on a plateau at Hall Bower. It is an exposed location - which is great news when the sun is shining, but in mid-April and early-September it probably gets very cold and windy (and that's probably why so many kite-flyers head to Castle Hill to pursue their hobby).

Exceptional Views

Because of its location, the views from the ground are exceptional. On one side, you can see right through the Pennine valleys and over to Saddleworth and Manchester; on the other, you can almost make out Leeds and towns beyond. When club publicity says that 'delightful country air' is one of the 'six best reasons' to visit Hall Bower Lane, no lie is bring told. The panoramas from on high are simply breathtaking.
Hall Bower C.C. was founded in 1876.

In its infancy it had a variety of homes:

1877 - Castle Hill (it was here that the club played its first fixture).

1878 - A field opposite Hall Bower Sunday School.

1881 - New Laithe Hill.

1884 - The club moved into its current premises.

In 1913 the club was a founder member of the Huddersfield Central League; in the 1930s it won a pile of trophies (including the Central League in 1934, 1935 and 1936 - a rare hat-trick); and in 1940 it switched to the Huddersfield & District League (earning the moniker 'Babes of the League'). It has remained there ever since.

Paving Stones and Seating

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s the club made 'various alterations' to its premises - extending the tea room, erecting boundary walls and putting down paving stones and new seating. In 1970 it put up a prefabricated building to act as pavilion (and a set of showers came with it).

Hall Bower's HQ has captivated many an observer. In 1951 a local writer called it a 'delightful spot' and went on: 'Few clubs possess a ground with such a panoramic view and towering majestically above it is the Jubilee Tower which, in itself, is a historic landmark.' And the people who run the cricket club are proud of what they offer. In the 1969 League handbook they inserted a special message: 'Come to "The Bower" - enjoy a good game, delightful air and tea served with a smile at all matches.'

And a point of trivia: as recently as 17 years ago, Hall Bower could field two teams completely made up of fathers and sons, including Ian and Andy Booth.

Fourteenth-Century Name

Wedged between Newsome and Almondbury, Hall Bower is more a hamlet than a village. It is built on a bed of sandstone, and over the centuries it has been home to weavers, clothiers and other craftsmen.

According to experts, the population of Hall Bower in the nineteenth century was around 150 - and most of these people were called either 'Liversedge', 'Bradley', 'Dransfield' or 'Beaumont' (in fact, the Beaumonts made their name as tenants on the local estate). It is estimated that the population of the hamlet doubled in the first half of the twentieth century.

The consensus is that Hall Bower - 'the dwelling attached to the hall' - is a fourteenth-century place name. But there is much confusion, and mystery, about the 'Hall' in 'Hall Bower'. Was it 'Newsome Halle' or 'Haule Bowre'? No-one seems to know, but we do know that in 1471 a saga known as the 'Hall Bower Murders' rocked the area, and that whatever 'Hall Bower' was, it had been demolished by the end of the nineteenth century.

On 29 August 1940 the first bombs dropped on Huddersfield landed in Hall Bower; and The Hall Bower Book of Memories, published in 2000, is a key source for anyone wishing to discover more about the history of the hamlet.

Today, in the twenty-first century, Hall Bower is still a small district, but it does boast one of the architectural wonders of Yorkshire. 'Round House' is, as the name suggests, a round house, perfectly round in fact. Built by a progressive young architect, it has won an array of plaudits and architectural awards.

Disclaimer - Designed and programmed by Lee Booth.

Heritage Lottry Fund University of Huddersfield