A woollen mill in Dewsbury, now converted to flats but retaining as a feature the mill name.
The Heavy Woollen District is named because of the heavyweight cloth manufactured in an area of West Yorkshire, England. Dewsbury, Batley, Heckmondwike and Ossett are the core of the area. Liversedge, Gomersal, Gildersome, Birkenshaw, Mirfield, Cleckheaton, Morley, Tingley, East Ardsley, Birstall and Horbury are peripheral. The manufacture of wool for clothing and blankets and rope and twine is ongoing within the area by companies such as E. Simms/Heavy Woollen Textiles.
Most of the area is in Kirklees, Ossett and Horbury are in the Wakefield district and the Morley is in the Leeds district.
There is still a Heavy Woollen District football association and junior cricket association, both with representative teams. The cricket league originally defined the district as within a six-mile radius of Batley Town Hall, but this has now been extended to an eighteen-mile radius.
The area was one of the key textile centres in Yorkshire, famed for its production of "shoddy and mungo". For years companies had tried to blend different fibres without success leading to the term, "munt go", i.e. "mustn't go" as a Yorkshire colloquialism. The inventions were made in Batley, with machines to grind soft rags (shoddy) devised in 1813, and for hard rags (mungo) in 1835. The majority of mills have now either closed or have been put to another uses, but some shoddy/mungo mills remain (e.g. Edward Clay & Son Ltd. in Ossett).
Coordinates: 53°35′35″N 1°48′04″W / 53.593°N 1.801°W
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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:33:45 -0700
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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:22:40 -0700
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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:32:27 -0700
The 76-year-old, who received the British Empire Medal (BEM) is life vice-president of the Heavy Woollen District Junior Cricket League. Voluntary service to cricket also earned a BEM for Jack Greenwood, a volunteer at Denholme Cricket Club, near Bradford.
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:55:40 -0700
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Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:32:11 -0800
But on their second visit in 1918, their attire was more subdued, with the King wearing his military uniform, and the Queen, in a plain grey costume and a simple touqet hat trimmed with violets. The tour, which included other towns in the Heavy Woollen ...
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:18:45 -0700
In London, hundreds of people from the Heavy Woollen District made a special point of being in Whitehall by 9.45am on the morning of the game to watch the laying of wreaths on the Cenotaph by representatives of the two clubs. Hats were removed, and ...
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:30:00 -0800
Thornhill have withdrawn their two senior teams from the Central Yorkshire League, along with their junior cricket section from the Heavy Woollen District JCL. Although nobody from Thornhill was available for comment at the time The Reporter went to ...
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:04:09 -0800
While the club's main focus will be Sunday's mouthwatering FA Cup tie, Lees are also still involved in the West Riding County Cup, The Heavy Woollen District FA's Brook Butler Cup and the Heavy Woollen Challenge Cup. Lees saw last Sunday's County Cup ...
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