Mixenden Hall / Fold Farm

Fold Farm – also known as Mixenden Hall and The Fold.

A house is recorded here in the 13th century.

The 15th century aisled house was cased in stone in the late 17th century.

Owners and tenants have included

It is said that, in the 15th/16th century, an elderly stranger came to the door of the house one Sunday morning whilst the family were away attending church in Halifax. He demanded a meal and the maid invited him into the kitchen. When he fell asleep, she saw that he had a pistol inside his coat, and she poured a pan of hot fat over him and into his mouth, killing him.

It is said that St Mary's, Illingworth was built to avoid repetitions of such situations.

Around 1710, the property was divided into 2 farms. In December 1717, a conveyance described it as

... now divided into 2 farms, plus land, cottages, fulling mill, etc

The house is said to be haunted by a woman in an apron who sits at the foot of the stairs

See Rev Thomas Evans

© Malcolm Bull 2021
Revised 15:13 / 15th May 2021 / 4215

Page Ref: MMF153

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