Scholes Family Website
The Scholes Villages
If the suppositions contained in the "Origins" section of this website are correct, and our surname is derived from the place name, and as surnames became popular in England in the 13th to 14th century, then maybe, just maybe, your direct ancestor from 700 years ago lived in one of the Scholes villages in the North of England. If so, this is what your ancestral homeland looks like today.....
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1. Scholes, Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds
A few miles from the centre of Leeds, this Scholes sits in the countryside to the east of the city, combining a quiet rural setting with the close-by benefits of city life.
2. Scholes, near Cleckheaton (Bradford)
In the centre of the industrial heartland of West Yorkshire, this Scholes boasts an impressive church spire with traditional stone built buildings, weathered black over the years. Another countryside setting, despite the proximity of the trans-Pennine M62 motorway.
3. Scholes, near Holmfirth
Near Holmfirth, this Scholes sits in picturesque hills of the Pennines, again with traditional stone houses built up to 400 years ago.
4. Scholes, near Rotherham
The smallest of the Yorkshire Scholes villages, this example successfully blends original dwellings with modern housing, maintaining the look and feel of the original village. Very smart and affluent.
The village is overlooked by a monument, Keppel's Column. The picture above is borrowed from website http://www.wentworthvillage.net/keppelscolumn.shtml which explains more about this folly.