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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] Archived 7 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine.

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

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152 news items

Morley Observer

Morley Observer
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:00:00 -0700

He began his playing career with Shaw Cross amateur club and is recognised as one of the greatest players to come out of the Heavy Woollen district. Mr Sullivan was player-coach at Dewsbury between 1965-66 with 40 appearances. He took the club to ...

Batley News

Batley News
Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:52:30 -0700

The Dewsbury Partnership launched last week with the aim of supporting projects that will rejuvenate the town and the Heavy Woollen District. Resident and business consultant Bruce Bird suggested the idea at a public meeting, and he has called for ...

Yorkshire Post

Yorkshire Post
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:22:30 -0700

He began his playing career with Shaw Cross amateur club and is recognised as one of the greatest players to come out of the Heavy Woollen district. Shaw Cross Sharks ARLFC secretary Douglas Hird said: “He was a fine athlete from the day he came to ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 23 Feb 2016 05:18:24 -0800

... barrels (arise Batley's Alex Rose), all to the soundtrack of a crowd showing their commitment to the cause by hurling amusing barbs at the referee and opposition. What more can you ask for on a miserable Sunday afternoon in the Heavy Woollen district?

Batley News

Batley News
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 ...

Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield Examiner
Wed, 09 Mar 2016 23:04:22 -0800

At the same time the Heavy Woollen District is drawing a fantastic mix of cultures who are making the reverse journey, some arriving quite recently and some who are already well-established. The record attendances of flat-capped, textile-workers ...

Morley Observer

Morley Observer
Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:29:03 -0700

... a fantastic servant to the club and the amateur game of rugby league within the district, but also a personal friend, serving many years at Thornhill both as a player and committee man and to the wider game of rugby league within the Heavy Woollen ...

Batley News

Batley News
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:07:30 -0800

Fisher have not played a league game since November 8, while their only game in December was a 4-1 win away to Millbridge WMC in the Heavy Woollen District FA Brook Butler Cup. Last week's scheduled West Riding County Cup clash against White ...

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