Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Just out of Huddersfield…
up a bit, with fields to your left
there’s a scrap of a village
like the rest of them
round there,
stone built terraces,
a cottage or two,
and a pub…
The Star.
And like in most places
it’s best be careful
how you say the name.
The locals might be straight
and speak right pleasantly
to a stranger.
But pronounce the village
as its spelt
and they’ll nod their heads
and tell you,
so you know you’ll never fit…
Slaith rhymes with cow,
and waite with it…
and that’s how you say Slaithwaite.

1 comment:

  1. Used to go there, and to a pub up ridiculous hill with log fire and more cats than customers, before Palace away games at Huddersfield.

    We used to know it as "its sloughit you halfwit"...which for some reason used to amuse us!