The ancient settlement of Fulston, also
includes the hill settlements of Deershaw, Ebsonhouse, Hollinhouse,
Mearhouse and Melthamhouse. All these settlements are in the
Parish of Kirkburton. Kirkburton itself being only about three
miles to the East.
All these places have well documented associations
with the name Robucke dating back to at least the 16th century.
One such family is that of George Robucke,
evidenced by Wills and entries in the Kirkburton Parish Registers.
This large extended family occupied an area stretching at least
from Fulston to Mearhouse. Click on the link to see the family
tree of George Robucke
from 1550 to 1700. From this chart are further links to the Wills.
The hill settlements of Fulston have long
been overtaken by the town of New Mill, in the valley bottom.
To see photographs of the Fulston
area click on the thumbnails.
The pretty hamlet of Fulstone was once one of the
main hill settlements of the Graveship of Holme, less than one
mile from Hollinhouse and less than two miles from Mearhouse
Hollinhouse Lane rises steeply uphill from Fulston
to the hamlet of Hollinhouse, once a well used ancient route
barely wide enough for one car. The hamlet of Hollinhouse now
comprises about half a dozen houses. These houses date from the
industrial revolution, which started about 1760. Unfortunately
none of the 16th century dwellings have survived.
This photograph is from the top of Hollinhouse
lane, looking back across Hollinhouse and beyond, towards Deershaw.
You can see some of the houses across the field. This is the
point at which Butterley Lane meets Hollinhouse Lane.
This is the bottom end of Butterley Lane, at Mearhouse.
At the other side of the lane is Mearhouse Footpath, which is
marked on the map
of 1854. This photograph
is where the footpath emerges, down some steps onto Butterley
This is a photograph of Mearhouse as it is today. The houses
were built for the workers at the mill situated at Mearhouse
Bridge, in the valley below. Again, none of the 16th century
dwellings have survived.
This final photograph is of the old mill at Mearhouse
Bridge, built about 1850. You can see the stream running underneath
the mill. Today it has been converted into flats and is the centrepiece
of a new housing development. In the 16th century, when Robert
Roebuck's ancestors were here, there might have been a bridge
which gives this site its name and you can see what might have
been the old bridge in the photograph.