HC Deb 08 April 1914 vol 60 c1972W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether about 800 acres of land in or about the Wessenden valley of Yorkshire has been purchased recently for military purposes; and, if so, when was the purchase effected, what was the acreage so purchased, what is the average height above sea-level, what price was paid for it as a whole, and, if it was made up of various properties, what price was paid for each of these?


This land is being purchased by the Territorial Force Association of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The total area is about 835 acres, and the total cost of the purchase, which is not formally complete, will be a little over £16,000. The height above sea-level varies from 1,200 to 1,400 feet. About 748 acres were acquired by arbitration as follows:

  • Mr. Lockwood, £2,626.
  • Mr. Hirst, £5,609.
  • Sir J. Radcliffe and Mr. Crosland (lessee of Sir J. Radcliffe), £4,726.
The remainder of the purchase money will be expended on the purchase of the remaining 87 acres and the acquirement of certain copyhold interests and common rights.