ST. BRIDGET BECKERMET - THE CALDER VALLEY FARMS

HIGH PRIOR SCALES

For many years nearly all the farms in the upper Calder Valley between Calderbridge and the fells were occupied by Mossop families descending from William of Prior Scales.    Both High Prior Scales and Low Prior Scales remained in the family for well over 200 years.   At times they were leased out and the families lived elsewhere.    Apart from these "home" farms, others were Side, Thornholm, Beckcote, Struddabank and Prior Ling.

Grant Dixon reported that on his 1998 visit he attempted to reach Side, the furthest up the valley but was prevented by a padlocked gate when the farm was still a long way off.   He later learned that it was a total ruin and had not been inhabited for many years.

It will be understood that the farms will have been substantially rebuilt over the years and do not necessarily present the same appearance as they would have done to our ancestors.   However, they stand on their original sites so far as I am aware.

[dixon]
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High Prior Scales which stands above the river


[coulthard]
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Another view of High Prior Scales


[dixon]
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There are some curious carvings on the outbuildings
This one "W & E M 1738" represents William Mossop and his wife Elizabeth Nicholson who had just inherited
High Prior Scale on the death of his father and mother Clement and Abigail


[dixon]
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"J & A M 1808" was carved during the tenure of Joseph Mossop and his wife Ann Walker


[dixon]
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This curious head may well have come from the nearby ruined Calder Abbey