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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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Dewsbury Reporter

Dewsbury Reporter
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:52:30 -0800

Their Heavy Woollen District FA Brook Butler Cup clash against Old Bank WMC fell victim to the weather and has been rearranged for February 21. Fisher face a Heavy Woollen Challenge Trophy clash away to Heckmondwike Sports this Sunday and are due ...

Spenborough Guardian

Spenborough Guardian
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:52:30 -0800

Lower Hopton eased into the Heavy Woollen District FA Wheatley Cup quarter-final with a 6-1 win over AFC Ossett last Saturday. Nathan James led the way with a hat-trick, while Declan James-Thomas, Danny Ryan and Clive Stewart also scored, with Joe ...

Spenborough Guardian

Spenborough Guardian
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 ...

Yorkshire Evening Post

Yorkshire Evening Post
Tue, 22 Dec 2015 22:11:15 -0800

Another highlight from a host of District Cup ties was a remarkable 21-0 victory for Hartshead at home to West End Park in a second round Heavy Woollen District FA Wheatley Cup tie. Jon Jo Keogh scored eight with Jamie Wasley adding seven, supported by ...

Dewsbury Reporter

Dewsbury Reporter
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 ...

Batley News

Batley News
Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:07:27 -0800

A bumper festive crowd is expected for what remains a long standing tradition in the Heavy Woollen district and supporters are advised to arrive early to avoid congestion at the turnstiles. Both sides will be sporting new strips for the first time and ...

Dewsbury Reporter

Dewsbury Reporter
Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:11:15 -0800

Old Bank WMC produced a huge upset in the Heavy Woollen District FA Brook Butler Cup third round, sending Oakwell Motel crashing out. The Heavy Woollen Sunday League Division Two leaders matched their Premier opponents all the way as the sides ...

Yorkshire Evening Post

Yorkshire Evening Post
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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