Category Archives for "Dewsbury HAZ"

Updates about the Historic England Heritage Action Zone

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 […]


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 […]

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, […]

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 […]


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