Pole Moor

Pole MoorPole Gate, Pole MoorFormer Baptist Church and burial ground, Pole MoorPole Moor is the centre of a moorland rural community of scattered houses and farms about 5 miles west of Huddersfield town centre (around 6 miles by road).

Pole Moor is between Scammonden and Slaithwaite and at one time straddled the boundary between Urban Districts of Scammonden and Slaithwaite. It has a history of farming and quarrying.

A dominant building at the centre of Pole Moor is the former Pole Moor Baptist Church, which was opened in 1790. It was built in this moorland location in place of a chapel the Baptist congregation had hoped to build in Slaithwaite. However they were not able to buy that site from landowner the Earl of Dartmouth. The new chapel was therefore build on empty land just over the boundary into the Scammonden township. A Sunday School was built near the chapel in 1836 and by 1859 a new chapel had extended the old one and the old chapel became the Sunday School. The church closed its doors in 1992 and the building has since been converted to flats, although an extensive burial ground remains at Pole Moor with the graves of Baptist familes from a large part of the Colne Valley as well as Scammonden.

Pole Moor also became a focus of the scattered community as a result of the pubs in the area. The Sun Inn and Globe Inn have long gone. A more recent closure has been the Jack O'Mitre, at New Hey Road, which had been established as the Royal George Inn in 1467, becoming the Upper Royal George until the 1980s, but now with a new life as a dog hotel. The only remaining pub nearby is the Lower Royal George, Scammonden, a little lower down New Hey Road.

A relatively recent feature dominating the local landscape are the twin transmitter masts at Moorside Edge which are used for AM (amplitude modulated 540 - 1600kHz) radio stations. There have been masts at the site since 1931, but the station was upgraded in the 1980s.

Around Pole Moor

Near to Pole Moor is the Lower Royal George at New Hey Road, Scammonden, between Pole Moor and Outlane.

Local government

Civil parish council

There is no civil parish council for the Colne Valley area.

Metropolitan district council

Pole Moor is in the Colne Valley ward of Kirklees Council.
 Kirklees Council website


Bus services

HX3 Saturdays only

Holmfirth Bus station - Parkhead, Ford Inn - Meltham - Holt Head - Slaithwaite - Wilberlee - Pole Moor - Sowood - Stainland - Holywell Green - West Vale - Halifax
Timetables (.pdf format) at  South Pennine Community Transport

900 Monday to Saturday, infrequent service

900Huddersfield Bus station - Marsh - Oakes New Hey Road - Salendine Nook - Mount - Outlane - Pole Moor - Buckstones - Krumlin - Barkisland - Ripponden - Blackstone Edge - Cragg Vale - Mytholmroyd - Hebden Bridge

Timetable at  Metro

Road travel

Pole Moor is on the A640 New Hey Road about two miles from Outlane.

Other places near Pole Moor: Bolster Moor Outlane Scammonden Scapegoat Hill Slaithwaite

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