According to the 1927 Kelly's Directory
Brackenhill is a hamlet inhabited chiefly by the men employed in the stone quarries and the Hemsworth colliery. The Ackworth Moor Top Working Men's Club and Institute was built in 1907 at a cost of £1,750.
Quarrying is believed to have begun here in 1629 when Charles I granted quarrying rights to tenants to take stone for use within the Manor. The hard course-grained sandstone was not only good building material but could be used for grindstones and scythe stones and by the 1800s it was exported worldwide.
These photos were taken in 1966
Brackenhill Light Railway although authorised in 1901 wasn't opened until 1914. It ran from Brackenhill Jn on the Sheffield to York line to Hemsworth Colliery (with a short spur to Ackworth Moor Top). It never carried a passenger service although it saw occasional holiday excursions. The NER worked the line but to avoid requiring the sanction of the Board of Trade this was never formalised. It was absorbed by the LNER at the grouping and survived into BR days, closing at the end of 1961.
It ran past the top of our back garden and we loved to watch the steam-trains go by.
The photo above was taken from the bridge on Moor Top Hill in 1962. The one below was taken in 1963.
Today, the first mile from Brackenhill Jn to Cherry Tree Farm is used by railway maintenance road vehicles with the next mile to Mill Lane occupied by housing. The section between Mill Lane and Kinsley Common has been converted into a cycleway known as The Tom Dando Way after a local councillor who fought for many changes in Ackworth including the proposal for a bypass.
This picture is from 1966
One cyclist's assessment of Tom Dando Way is somewhat critical.