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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.[1] 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.[2][3]

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[4] association and junior cricket association,[5] 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.[6]

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).


  1. ^ "Wealth of war for boom mills". Dewsbury Reporter. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "E Simms & Co Ltd". Esimms.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Heavy Woollen Textile Co Ltd". Hwtcoltd.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Bleakley, John (29 April 2013). "HWDFA U17 Representative Football". Pitchero.com. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Heavy Woollen District Junior Cricket League
  6. ^ [1][dead link]

Coordinates: 53°35′35″N 1°48′04″W / 53.593°N 1.801°W / 53.593; -1.801

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Spenborough Guardian

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Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:30:00 -0700

The Heavy Woollen District ARL Under-18s side recorded an impressive 28-4 victory over Ossett last Wednesday. Heavy Woollen controlled large periods of the game, with Yorkshire finding no way through their solid defence. Patience paid off with the ...

Batley News

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Sat, 23 May 2015 02:45:00 -0700

The two sides met again last Sunday in the Heavy Woollen District FA Brook Butler Cup final in front of a healthy crowd at Beck Lane. Anthony Doran put Fisher ahead in the first half and goalkeeper Michael Smith produced a superb save to preserve his ...

Dewsbury Reporter

Dewsbury Reporter
Fri, 29 May 2015 00:50:17 -0700

Fisher sealed the Heavy Woollen Sunday League Premier Division title with a 1-1 midweek draw against AFC Chickenley to secure a trophy treble having defeated Woodman in both the Heavy Woollen District FA Brook Butler Cup and Heavy Woollen ...

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:04:58 -0800

Adam Cuthbertson, centre, marked his home debut with a try as Leeds beat Widnes 38-6. Photograph: Ed Sykes/Action Images. Press Association. Friday 13 February 2015 18.04 EST Last modified on Friday 13 February 2015 19.06 EST. Share on Facebook ...

Dewsbury Reporter

Dewsbury Reporter
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:26:15 -0700

Dewsbury itself is often referred to as the Heavy Woollen district, a nod to the manufacture of heavyweight cloth which saw a significant population of South Asian origin relocate here in the late 1950's, many of Kashmiri and Gujarati heritage. Indeed ...
Mirfield Reporter
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:07:30 -0700

A government inspector ruled against objections by cotton doublers Thornton, Kelley and Company Limited to the land next about their Spring Bank Mills premises being kept in the Heavy Woollen District Local Plan. The whole area had previously been ...

Spenborough Guardian

Spenborough Guardian
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:52:30 -0700

But by the 1920s, the hospital was deemed not big enough for the needs of the ever growing Heavy Woollen District, nor modern enough for a town which was forging ahead and demanding the best for its people. Dewsbury's third hospital was built in ...

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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 ...

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