Wooldale is perhaps the closest of the
hill settlements of the Graveship of Holme to Netherthong, being
just across the valley and only about 2 miles to the South.
Robucke's were recorded here at least as
early as the 16th century.
One of the earliest families is that of
who lived here from 1515. If they were to return today, they
certainly woldn't recognise the town, which has largely developed
as it is today with the onset of the industrial revolution in
the 18th century.
To see photographs of the Fulston
area click on the thumbnails.
This photograph is of the town centre in the
early part of the 20th century. You can see a cart (minus the
horse) outside some shops, with a raised footpath.
In this photograph, you can still see the
shops and the raised footpath, viewed from the other end of the
town centre. Today the raised footpath has railings on the edge
This is a view across the fields looking back
towards Wooldale from the road to Totties and Hepworth.
This old looking house located at Shaley Wood
Bottom, between Wooldale and Totties used to be a brewery as
you can see from the 1854