Originally, this street in Burley-in-Wharfedale was known as 'New Row.' We don't know for sure why the name changed. Tradition says it got the present name because iron doors were fitted to the properties in order to protect them against the attacking Luddites, who fortunately got no further than nearby Addingham.
Built in 1800 by mill-owners Greenwood and Whitaker for their employees, these quaint cottages were described as fireproof. No wood was used in their construction - even the staircases and upper floors were built from stone. The main rooms are supported by barrel-vaulted roofs. At one time the cottages were 'one up, one down' dwellings, but have since been extended. A rather unique construction which will survive for many more years to come.
Iron Row, Burley-in-Wharfedale
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