digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

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 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).

References[edit]

  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. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ [2][dead link]

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


Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_Woollen_District — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
7 videos found

I want your money! HWD Hospital Radio, 48 hour sponsored broadcast, 25/27 October 2013

Interwebs! I want you to give me your money for absolutely no justification whatsoever... Only because I'm asking nicely. Okay, maybe not 'no justification' ...

The Flying Shuttle at Wikes Mill, Bury

An archive film made by Ken Howarth at Wikes Woollen Mill, Bury, Lancashire c 1976. The weaving shed and looms are unusual. The looms are 20 or so feet in wi...

Maati Sangathan (with English subtitles).VOB

Maati, an independent women's organisation based in Munsiyari Uttarakhand, is committed to empowering women's lives through livelihood support, food security...

Bhutanese people in traditional national dress - Gho and Kira

One of the unique things you will notice as soon as you enter the kingdom of Bhutan is their bright embroidered colourful traditional national dress which th...

How to Wear a Long Scarf- Fashion & Beauty- ModernMom

Learn how to wear a long scarf from an expert. See more great ModernMom videos here: http://bitly.com/Modern-Mom Long scarves can be worn wrapped around the ...

Snow Rain lashes Out Hyderabad City

Snow Rain lashes Out Hyderabad City.

Wool

Fleeces redirects here, for the polyester jacket, see Fleece jacket. Wool is the textile fiber obtained from sheep and certain other animals, including cashm...

 
7 videos found

1 news items

 
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 ...
Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About Heavy Woollen District

You can talk about Heavy Woollen District with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!