Dewsbury Town Hall – Visitors Guide

photo of Dewsbury Town Hall

The visitor’s guide to Dewsbury Town Hall originally written by Stuart Hartley of the Dewsbury Matters community group back in 1999 has been rescued from the archives and is now available for download from the Local History page.Dewsbury Town Hall was completed in 1889 and was an expression of the explosive growth of the wool […]

Co Op Funeral Parlour

photo of the former Coop Funeral Parlour in Dewsbury

The former Coop Funeral Parlour in Northgate and right beside Pioneer House has been an eyesore for many years as neglect slowly takes its toll. We’re told that the building is of no particular architectural merit – but it’s position in a prime site on Northgate and right beside the iconic Pioneer House makes it’s […]

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 & suggestionsEstablished 1887 but the building is not in the Conservation Area and could be ignored.  Perhaps an example of the business carrying more heritage value than the building it is located in.What is the real history of this business?What early references or images do we have for it? Facebook Comments

The Market


Comments & suggestionsRun down, ‘samey’, nothing interesting.Kirklees has engaged Market Place Europe Ltd and Carter Jonas as consultants starting in January 2018 to advise on the future of the market.  Facebook Comments

Job Centre

photo of Job Centre in Dewsbury

Comments & suggestionsTogether with Empire House, the Job Centre is often cited as an eyesore and inappropriate architecture spoiling the town. Facebook Comments

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

– Swipe left/right to see more What The Picture House used to look like……………….. compared to today                  ..and later as the Essoldo Cinema.And thanks to Sharealam Kapadi for this video view of what remains behind the present ugly facade and the Essoldo Cinema image.Comments & suggestionsThere is […]

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 […]

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