Category Archives for "Heritage"

Brimelow’s Herbalist Is Back In Style!

photo of Brimelows Herbalist new shop sign

Chris Hartley, owner of Brimelow’s Herbalists, was pleased as punch this week when his new shop sign was fitted.  Chris has been dispensing herbal remedies, health food and supplements for 44 years. Thirty of them from this same Brimelow’s location in Dewsbury town centre. A Traditional Herbalist BusinessYou might call Chris something of a traditionalist. So it […]

Heritage Action Zone Consultation

image representing Dewsbury Heritage Action Zone consultation

The council together with Historic England would like to hear your opinion as well as ask for your help in a Dewsbury Heritage Action Zone consultation on Wednesday 21st November between 10am and 3pm when they will have a stall in the market. What happens in the Heritage Action Zone is going to play a large […]

Field House – Another Rumour Sunk!

Field House in Dewsbury

Field House is an impressive building confronting every visitor arriving in Dewsbury by rail.Which is why Peter Mason, owner of Mood Developments, snapped it up at auction recently.Second investmentField House is  his second investment in Dewsbury where work is about to start on his first venture to refurbish and bringing back into use the traditional […]

Dewsbury Town Centre Gains More Renovation Projects

photo of start of work at 28-30 Northgate, Dewsbury

  Present at the start of work today – from left to rightFront row – Cllr Eric Firth, Cllr Cathy Scott, Matt Mason (Roebuck & Holmes)Back row – Daryl Le-Vine (Martin Walsh Architectural), John Lambe (Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative Officer), Graham Wilson (Roebuck & Holmes), Will Senior (Roebuck & Holmes). The Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative […]


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 […]

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. […]

The Pancake Dog

For more than 130 years since the 1880s the Pancake Dog has stood silently on the roof of the Howlands Centre, more recently out of sight from the street and tucked up against the back wall of the adjacent office building.  Not the sort of place from which to make an impact.The Howlands Centre building, […]

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 (now the Dewsbury History Group) 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 […]

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