photo of burned out Baileys restaurant in Dewsbury

Bailey’s was a long time favourite cafe for many Dewsbury residents until it closed in 2016 and the vandals got to it and set it alight in 2017. It is an Art Deco building quite alone and out of position among the older buildings in Dewsbury town centre.  The Art Deco style flourished in the early […]

Rail Station Revamp

photo of Dewsbury railway station current entrance

Kirklees have just provided some more details of the revamp of Dewsbury railway station forecourt the funding for which was previously announced some months ago. Kirklees refer to ‘consulting on their plans’  and the car parks on both sides of the station entrance are owned by the council while the forecourt itself is not and is […]

Vintage Dewsbury

Dewsbury Vintage Weekend Festival

Most of the following have already been done in Dewsbury Flat Cap Friday – a celebration of the Yorkshire dialect. Turn the occasional get together into a major attraction. + 40s/50s dance – done before in Dewsbury + persuade the Grand Northern Ukelele Festival to spill over from Huddersfield + classic car show – already held regularly in Dewsbury Bring them […]

Dewsbury Market Place – Focus or Failure?

The Market Place is an obvious focal point for outdoor activities, events and performances in Dewsbury. Unfortunately, such events are depressingly rare and, these days, there is little attractive about the place to draw people in. It is directly in front of the Town Hall, providing a good opportunity to market the town, it’s a good […]

Dewsbury Park Mansion

The Park Mansion is the original name for what has been Dewsbury Museum since 1896 until late 2016.   With the closure of the museum and the potential sale of the building by Kirklees Council the community has come together to bid for a community asset transfer to reclaim a building originally bought by Dewsbury Corporation […]

The Ripper’s Story

photo of the mill girl statue in Dewsbury

A ripper and a rugby player – you can read about the figures standing in Northgate representing Dewsbury’s past in our post entitled Flirting with the Past.   But the human story that follows, told by a local resident about a local family, that emerged as the result of that post is even more fascinating. […]

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