Flappit Springs, Cullingworth, Keighley BD21 5PU
How would a place called 'Flappit Springs' get it's name?......the answer is that it refers to the area near Cullingworth in Yorkshire, where part of the process of the tanning of hides, known as flaying, was carried out in 'Flay Pits', using water from a local spring.
Flappit Springs was the exact area where the hides were treated is shown by the red marker on the map below. They were flayed (wet and then beaten) with water from springs in the field behind some cottages. Providence Row houses,
Little evidence remains today of the area where the flay pits were in use at Flappit Springs. The photograph above shows what is left of them behind the row of old cottages. The hollows in the ground were the pits where the hides would have been laid out and flayed, and are still just about visible today, but the springs, which provided the water to flay the hides has long since dried up.
The only evidence still left at Flappit Springs, which denotes the tanning activity there in the mid 19th century is our little pub which is across the road, and was originally called the Fleece Inn on old maps, but today is aptly names ‘The Flappit’
I would like to thank bancrofts of Yorkshires who helped with the information on this page.