The Wars Of The Roses – Queensbury in Turmoil


An extract from

Illustrated Rambles


Hipperholme to Tong

James Parker



Queensbury, the place abounds in historical battle names in connection with the Wars of the Roses, the rival houses of Lancashire and Yorkshire fighting their way from here to the final struggle at Scarlett Heights, in March, 1461 ; the Lancastrian troops were en route to York over these lanes from Lancashire. The Yorkists being in the district, a stubborn battle was fought, the Lancastrians were successful, as they outnumbered the adherents of the White Rose.

The old lane that we reach first coming out of Shibden Dale, is called ” Corporal Lane ” ; a short distance away is a row of houses called ” Bloody Row,” because an engagement was fought there, and higher up the lane, near to Pulman’s Stone Quarry, is ” Bloody Farm,” another engagement having been fought there.


The Battle of Bosworth Field, by Graham Turner

5 thoughts on “The Wars Of The Roses – Queensbury in Turmoil

  1. Has this ever been substantiated by evidence or is it just someone’s fancy?
    It would be more likely that any skirmishes in this area were during the civil wars of the 17th century.

    • Jeff,
      I fear we may never know, I could be feasible given the road system at the time. The soldiers would probably have supporting carts carrying ammunition, food and so on. With Queensbury being on the main road between Halifax and Bradford, it could be that they passed through. At that time the roads were actually very different to the routes of today. For example, no Godley cutting so that would be a very steep climb out of Halifax.

      I will ask the History Society.


  2. There has always been rumour (sometimes given as fact) that Scarlett Heights took its name from a battle in the Wars of Roses. The ‘fact’ that a battle or even a skirmish ever took place is hard to substantiate and therefore the association between Scarlett Heights and a battle simply falls down.

    It may just be one of those mysteries of place naming that it is never possible to fully explain.

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