The village of Hawksworth is situated about 4 miles south of Otley and 12 miles from Leeds. The history of the Hawksworth family dates back to the eleventh century when Walter de Hawksworth resided here. His father, John, came over with Willaim the Conqueror from Normandy and was subsequently killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Hawksworth Hall was eventually built, the oldest part has a datestone of 1611, and was the seat of the Hawksworth family. Later, it passed into the Fawkes family. Much more recently, Hawksworth Hall was acquired by SCOPE who ran a home for children with Cerebral Palsy. The home closed in 1998 and, after being empty for two years, was sold in 2000.