Netherthong is situated on the hillside
on the opposite side of the Holme Valley to Wooldale in the Parish
of Almondbury and may well be the origin of the Robuck Surname in Yorkshire.
This is one of the ancient settlements
marked on the Graveship of Holme map, yet it lies just outside the Graveship,
under the control of the Honour of Pontefract.
As is typical of this region, the ancient
dwellings of the 16th and 17th centuries and before, have not
survived. The buildings that can be seen today date from the
industrial revolution which started around 1760.
To see photographs of the Netherthong
area click on the thumbnails.
This cottage is typical of the area, with its
local stone walls, stone slates and stone mullions in the windows.
The Church was not built until the turn of the
This black and white photograph was taken about
1950 and is the town square in front of the church. The railings
of the church can be seen on the left of the picture.
Netherthong was the home of the earliest
recorded Robucke's, of this area, so far discovered during this
research project. Joanna Robuck the daughter of Simon Robuck
of Netherthong is mentioned in a charter dated 1323, which also
refers to Adam Robuck .
100 years later is a reference to Elyas
and his son Thomas who were servants to one of the local gentry.
This research project is still ongoing
and the site will be updated with the results, so more details
of the Netherthong Robucke's will be published later.