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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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Dewsbury Reporter
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:33:45 -0700

Efforts to save post offices were given support during a council meeting. Howden Clough residents handed over a petition to save their post office and councillors met post office representatives to discuss the future of the services in Heckmondwike ...

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:22:40 -0700

A manicurist to the stars, a cricketing ambassador, a chartered accountant and a mum-of-three are among the diverse collection of 11 Bradford recipients in the Queen's Birthday Honours this year. Leighton Denny, who was brought up in East Bierley and ...

Yorkshire Post

Yorkshire Post
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.

Mirfield Reporter

Mirfield Reporter
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 ...

Batley News

Batley News
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 ...

Dewsbury Reporter

Dewsbury Reporter
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 ...

Dewsbury Reporter

Dewsbury Reporter
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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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:44:28 -0800

The Heavy Woollen District FA tie was played on the 3G pitch at the Appleton Academy in Wyke, with considerable sweeping required to take standing water off the all-weather surface before the game went ahead. Gildersome had the majority of possession ...

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