Monthly Archives: January 2018

Dewsbury Riverside

Plan of future development at Dewsbury Riverside

Will Dewsbury Riverside make a positive contribution to the future of Dewsbury?   Dewsbury Riverside is a major residential development planned for the south of Dewsbury and is one of the cornerstones of the North Kirklees Growth Zone – together with an industrial development at Chidswell. The 106 page Dewsbury Riverside Delivery Framework was published recently by Miller […]

Brimelow’s Herbalists

photo of Brimelows Herbalists in Dewsbury

Comments & suggestionsThe business was established 1887 but not necessarily on this site.  The building is not in the Conservation Area and could be ignored if the Heritage Action Zone is too pedantic.  Perhaps an example of the business carrying more heritage value than the building it is located in. What is the real history of […]

The Market


Comments & suggestionsThe Market Hall – Monday to Saturday (1/2 day Tuesday) – 8:30am to 4:00pm General Open Market – Wednesday and Saturday – 9:00am to 4:30pmSecond Hand Market – Fridays 9:00am to 3:30pmCar ‘Bootless’ Sale – car boot style but without the cars! Sunday 6:00am to 12:30pmOften criticised by residents as ‘run down, and samey’, with nothing interesting.Kirklees has […]

Job Centre

photo of Job Centre in Dewsbury

What Do You Think?Together with Empire House, the Job Centre is often cited as an eyesore and inappropriate architecture providing nothing positive to the town. Is this a subject for the Heritage Action Zone? What we think..”If we can see it then it should be worth looking at!”THE DEWSBURY PARTNERSHIP What do you think?

The Old Post Office

photo of the Old Post Office, Dewsbury with modern replacement behind

Comments & suggestionsThe elegant Old Post Office with its 60’s replacement in the Empire House office building in the background. This beautiful frontage was seen by everyone travelling the Leeds and Old Wakefield Roads until the 1980’s when they were cut off by the ring road.  Now it is rather hidden from everyday view.Sold at auction […]

The Picture House

old photo of The Picture House entrance in Dewsbury

What The Picture House used to look like……………….. compared to today                  And thanks to Sharealam Kapadi for this video view of what remains behind the present ugly facade and the Essoldo Cinema image below…and later as the Essoldo Cinema.There is no longer any building behind the entrance […]

Foundry Street

photo of rubbish bins outside Foundry Street shops

Comments & suggestionsBusiness owners cannot complain about lack of business when they present such an unpleasant appearance to their prospective customers.Although their main frontage is on the opposite side on Northgate, these shop frontages are in full view of all visitors to the market.  The pavement is also in permanent use to store their waste […]

Old Public Library

picture of the old Public Library in Dewsbury

Comments & suggestionsThe old Library building is Grade II Listed.  It is now In private ownership and after several failed business ventures it lies empty, neglected and deteriorating It’s a classic Victorian building which presumably became ‘inefficient’ for the council to operate thereby justifying the construction of the new Library and the sale of this building. The […]

The Black Bull

picture of The Black Bull pub in Dewsbury

The Black Bull was purchased by Mood Developments in October 2017 – a company which specialises in the refurbishment of Heritage pubs.  Planning Application 2018/90377  was submitted 12 February 2018.  Click the link for access to all details.  Public consultation runs from 12 February to 10 March 2018.  So if you have anything to say then […]


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