Standedge Foot Farm and Barn

Standedge Foot, a hamlet high up in the Castleshaw Valley, once consisted of two farms either side of the turnpike road. A variety of farm buildings made up the settlement, including a possible toll bar and stables. Standedge is now three or four private houses.

In 1709 there was dwelling with outbuildings and land - a 'messuage' - at Standedge Foot called 'Cromptons'. Cromptons had the rights to common pasture and turbary - cutting peat for fuel. The buildings you see today were probably built in the late 1700s when the turnpike road was directed through Standedge Foot. One of these was the 'Rope and Anchor' alehouse, listed in 1803.

The barn that remains here once had stables attached; it was probably this building that was the 'Rope and Anchor' alehouse. At one point it probably functioned as the toll-booth, with the widened section of turnpike road along its front.

There were once many farms lying close to Standedge Foot. They were built in the early 1800s and occupied by weaving families. These farms all died away as the wool trade changed so that even unceasingly hard work could no longer pay the rent.

Find out more


  • Barnes B 1981, Passage through Time: Saddleworth Roads and Trackways: A History, pp35-40

Articles and specialist reports:

  • Arrowsmith P 2010, The Castleshaw Heritage Trail Project: Preliminary Archaeological and Historical Research – 2010

Places to go

If you want to find out more about these buildings, please arrange to view the entries in the Julian Hunt Collection at the Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery.