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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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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:24:22 -0800

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:56:15 -0800

It was men against boys in the Heavy Woollen District FA Challenge Cup as well, as Littletown smashed Driglington Juniors for six. Matt Bugg, Joe Jagger, Rob Knight, Blake Maude and Lee McKeown shared the goals, McKeown claiming two, as Drig were ...

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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 ...

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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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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:00:00 -0700

During the last year events by Mirfield Round Table have supported such charities and organisations as Macmillan Cancer Support, Mirfield Community Centre, Heavy Woollen District Scout Group and the Salvation Army. The festival will run Friday July 10, ...

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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 ...

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:30:00 -0800

DJs at the station will be on air twice around-the-clock from 6pm on Friday March 6 to 6pm on Sunday March 8 as part of Heavy Woollen District Hospital Radio's major fundraiser. Chairman Mike Binns said: “Our station is run entirely by volunteers but ...

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

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