Greencroft at Bardykes Road

greencroft1859Greencroft is described in 1859 as being a superior dwelling on the banks of the Rotton Calder having outhouses, garden and a little ornamental garden. The house is no longer there today but used to sit on Bardykes Road, just North of the Cottage Hospital. It should not be confused with nearby Greencroft Cottage.

The large substantial stone dwelling had been built around 1810. At the time, there were only fields in the surrounding areas of Barnhill and the property Greencroft stood very much alone and isolated on Bardykes Road.

I’ve researched the owner of this property who was a Polish Immigrant by the name of Dionysius. The man was really a bit of a rogue, (or so history has recorded!). One of his exploits can be found here:

During wartime years Greencroft passed in ownership to a Colliery business. The house was intended for one of their colliery managers but ended up being occupied by squatters in 1945, with many stories about this well documented in the press.

Pictured in 2003 is nearby Greencroft Cottage which was demolished shortly after. The site of original Greencroft is now a modern housing estate. Related articles including photos of the house are noted below the article.


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  1. Hi Lindsey – which part is incorrect? Happy for you to point out any corrections? Was it Greencroft or adjacent Greencroft Cottage your family lived at? Information here is not only from database records, but also from extracted newspaper reports and immediate neighbours to the house. I’ve not really got to writing about this house yet, but with a book about Dionysius the previous owner already 80% drafted, I’m keen to understand what information you think is wrong. Thanks.

  2. Hi This was our family home and all the information on here is incorrect, we are happy to share factually correct information. Lindsey Robertson

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