Category Archives for "Heritage"

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 […]

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?

The Market

Dewsbury-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. 

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 […]

The Black Bull

picture of The Black Bull pub in Dewsbury

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 get cracking!The plans show […]

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