Other Graveships in which Robucke's have
been recorded include Sandal, which is adjacent and to the East
of Darton and Flockton and Horbury, which is adjacent and to
the East of Flockton and to the North of Sandal.
From earliest times until the start of
the industrial revolution after 1700, the valley bottoms were
largely unpopulated, with the people inhabiting the many hill
settlements. With the introduction of machinery powered by water,
the fast flowing rivers became of paramount importance, and quickly
developed centres of population at strategic places, such as
bridges and confluences.
Now the valley bottoms contain the large
centres of population which have long overtaken the hill settlements
This area of what was the ancient Manor
of Wakefield has become famous as the setting for the very popular
English TV series "Last of the Summer Wine". This fame
is in no small part due to the natural beauty of this region
of the Pennines. The village of Holmefirth lies at the very heart
of the Graveship of Holme as you can see from the map.
Although the area has changed considerably
from that which existed in ancient times, I am pleased to include
some photographs. The geography is still the same and these photographs,
although recent, have positive links to the past history of the