Hey Green

Hey Green

Hey (or Hay) Green is not really a hamlet, but is more of a loosely defined collection of houses and remote farms at the head of the Colne Valley. It is therefore very difficult to be precise about its 'boundaries'. For the purposes of this page, I have included: Piper Holes, Troughs, Purnell Clough, Berry Greave, Hey, Green Owlers, White Hall, Dean Brewery, Wards End, Hopwoods Tong Lee, Buck Stones, and Hay Green.

1891 Census
 

Number of households in Hey Green - 22 + 5 uninhabited and 6 being built Population of Hey Green - 104
Ave household size - 4.7 Ave size of nuclear family unit - 4.9
Ave age of household heads - 44.9 Number born outside county - 21
Born outside Colne Valley - 25% Wives in paid employment - 2(13.3% - only 15 households had wives)
Households with related kin - 3(13.6%) Ave farm acreage - 19

The age of heads of households in upland farms was remarkably similar - mid-40 to mid-50. It is also interesting to note how many men on these farms were widowed or unmarried.Most people, of course, were born in Marsden, but 10 people on one farm, Piper Holes Far Hill Farm, came from Cheshire.

Hay Green was the home of Joseph Crowther, the mill-owner, who wrote that he employed 'about 200 hands'.

Number listed as employed - 34
(43.6% of total popn)
 
Farmer - 12 Weaver - 3
Piecer - 3 Shawl twister - 1
Railway labourer - 5 Corn miller - 1
Burler - 1 Stone mason - 1
Feeder - 1 Millhand - 1 (age 10)
Housekeeper - 1 Farm labourer - 6
Gamekeeper - 1 Shepherd - 1
Iron moulder - 1 Servant - 4
Woollen waste dealer - 1 Engine smith - 1
Machinist (sewing) - 1 Mechanic - 1
Ironworks labourer - 1 Governess - 1
joiner - 1 Teamer (Carter) - 1
Brewer - 1 Manufacturer - 1
Gardener - 1  

Resident families
 

Lewis
Bamforth
Schofield
Eccles
Marsden
Dyson
Sharp
Rayner
Turner
Bayley (visitors)
Garside
Midwood
Johnson (visitor)
Sykes
France
Crowther
Smith (servant)
Sherwin (servant)
Telford