Scapegoat Hill

Scapegoat Hill is a small village 5 miles (8 km) west of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. It is near to the villages of Slaithwaite and Golcar. The village together with nearby Bolster Moor has a population of 1,246.

Scapegoat Hill

View of the village
Scapegoat Hill
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE0884016430
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtHD7
Dialling code01484
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament

This Pennine village is 328 metres above sea level at its highest point (near the millennium stone). It is also nearby the Moorside Edge Radio transmitter. The first recorded mention is from 1638 in the records of Huddersfield Parish Church [1] on the death of a child of a William Aneley. At that date, the place was called 'Slipcoat' (or Slippery Coat) Hill. The first record of the name 'Scapegoat Hill' occurs in an Enclosure notice placed in the Leeds Mercury in 1820. Although the first Ordnance Survey map (of 1843) uses the old name, 'Scapegoat Hill' was in regular use after 1820.

The village grew up around the woollen trade, and, in spite of having no mill, continued to grow in size throughout the nineteenth century. In fact, handloom weavers are recorded here as late as 1935.[2] Throughout the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth, the village was a very strong centre of baptism [3] opening a church as a daughter of the Pole Moor Church 1871 and moving to its present building in 1900.


  1. Records of births, marriages and deaths of St. Peter's Church, Huddersfield in Huddersfield Local Studies Library
  2. Crump and Ghorbal, 1935, ‘History of the Huddersfield Woollen Industry’, Tolson Museum, Huddersfield
  3. A Short History of the Baptist Church, Scapegoat Hill, 1921, Huddersfield

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