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Why the Name?


Possibly due to the use of the land at Harewood Grange by monks from Beauchief Abbey. The moor became known as ‘Holy Moor’.


Named after Howley Corn Mill at the bottom of Loads Road, much more central to the village. This is described in 17th  and 18th century documents as ‘Holley Milne’ and ‘Howley Milne’, and one of the adjacent fields is known as ‘Howley Cliffe’.


It is suggested that the name comes from the early Scandinavian settlers and the ‘Holy’ derives from Hangr or hoh leah (hill clearing), to which mor was added, and there is a well defined hill spur which gave rise to this name.

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