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Hebden washdub

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Hebden washdub

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Hebden washdub

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36562

Parish: Hebden

OS Grid Reference: SE024637

Dale: Lower Wharfedale

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A series of two small enclosures on High Green was used by Hebden farmers to pen sheep ready to be washed in the pool or dub next to it. In the days before chemical sheep dip, sheep had their fleeces ‘salved’ with grease (often butter) and Stockholm tar to keep parasites away. Before the fleece could be clipped and sold the salve had to be washed out in order to get a better price. The enclosure has been carefully restored by the Parish Council. Source: Joy, David (2002) Hebden. The History of a Dales Township. Hebden: Hebden History Group


From Hebden take the road going north signposted 'BW Yarnbury' for about 500m. A farm track joins the road from the left near a barn. The small gated walled enclosure on the left is the washdub.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Hebden. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Viewable from roadside.

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