The Woods farming family of Haslingden

During 2019 Helena wrote her Master’s research dissertation on changes to small-scale farming in the land to the west of the small industrial town of Haslingden, Lancashire. She focused on the Woods family, tenants of farms edging Haslingden Moor since the seventeenth century, and who last farmed in the area during the latter half of the twentieth century.

East Lancashire has long been considered somewhat different to other farming areas in England because of the nature of its smallholdings and the close proximity of industry. Helena’s research took the Woods family as a case study and used them to illustrate the changing nature of farming  during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Helena’s focus was on changes to literacy, morbidity and mortality, occupation, mobility, industry, marriage, fertility, the role of women and the social economy. 


Roundhill Farm, Roundhill Road, Haslingden (Roundhill Road was the turnpike road between Haslingden and Blackburn, the building is now a private dwelling): a branch of the Woods farmed here from c.1800-1850.


High Cockham Farm on Roundhill Road, home to one branch of the Woods from the 1830s to the 1870s, now a home for young people.


The map shows the location of all small farms with Woods associations. Sunnyfield Farm is the sole twentieth-century farm, tenanted by Holden Woods.