Sowerby, Yorkshire, England
Notes: From Wikipedia:
Sowerby is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, in West Yorkshire, England. It lies amongst the Pennines, contiguous with Sowerby Bridge, 3.7 miles (6.0 km) west-southwest of Halifax and 7.6 miles (12.2 km) west-northwest of Huddersfield.
Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Sowerby appears in the Domesday Book of 1086, and was one of the most important settlements in its immediate region, long before Halifax began to dominate. The ancient district of Sowerbyshire, a large stretch of forest centred around the town of Sowerby leading down the Ryburn and Calder valleys and almost up to Halifax itself, was at one time an important Royal chase.
The name Sowerby, is made up from the Norse Sor for sour and suffixed with by representing a parished area. Although outsiders persistently follow the cartographers error in pronunciation, the local pronunciation follows the original Norse. (saw+bi as in 'biscuit').
The town appears in the Domesday Book and was one of Calderdale's most important, long before Halifax assumed the role of district capital. The area formerly known as Sowerbyshire, a large stretch of forest centred around the town of Sowerby leading down the Ryburn and Calder valleys and almost up to Halifax itself, was at one time an important Royal chase.
There long existed a local legend describing the former existence of a castle in Sowerby, the truth of which has since been confirmed by excavations upon 'Castle Hill' at the high end of the old town. Archaeologists there uncovered the decayed foundations of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle, a notably unusual find for West Yorkshire.
City/Town : Latitude: 54.223551, Longitude: -1.338145
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