Mirfield

West Yorkshire

Mirfield is a town in the Kirklees metropolitan district of West Yorkshire.

Mirfield has seen much residential expansion in recent years Calder and Hebble Navigation, Mirfield Huddersfield Road, Mirfield Mirfield lies in the valley of the River Calder and in recent decades has seen a much expanded residential population with house-building encroaching increasingly on to the previously agricultural area of Mirfield Moor to the north of the town. There is little today to distinguish Mirfield with its neighbour Battyeford to the west, while only river bridges divide it from Lower Hopton to the south.

The town is one of more than half-a-dozen towns which make up the northern part of the Kirklees metropolitan district, a Huddersfield-based creation of the 1974 local government reorganisation.

Mirfield has a variety of industry, mostly along the A644, the main road linking Dewsbury and Mirfield to Brighouse and to the A62 to Huddersfield. The road follows the path of the River Calder and its canal sections which form the Calder and Hebble Navigation and on which Mirfield has boat yards.

Textiles are still produced in the area, but many of the town's old mill buildings have either gone, been reused for new industries or have been converted to housing.

St Mary the Virgin Church, Mirfield, and the tower of the earlier parish church Mirfield's large parish church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, was designed by renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, and completed in 1871. The tower of Mirfield's earlier parish church, with lower stonework of mediaeval origin still stands alongside.

Two main rail routes across the Pennines converge at Mirfield then branch towards Leeds or Wakefield. There are now only simple shelters at what was once a large station. Before the rail cuts of the 1960s, other rail routes converged at Mirfield, including a line via Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton to Low Moor and Bradford.

Farming in the area around Mirfield is still reflected in a well-attended agricultural show which is held in August each year at the Mirfield Showground.

 Town features


The town is on the River Calder.
Mirfield is on the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets. butchers, crafts, flowers, furnishings and other goods.
The town has a Post Office branch.
Mirfield has a bank.
The town has pharmacies.
Mirfield has several pubs.
A choice of cafes and pub food is available in Mirfield.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, pizzas, burgers, kebabs, sandwiches.
The town has a library.
Mirfield has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, other.

Travel

Mirfield station

Managed by: Northern
Operator/s: Grand Central - Northern - TransPennine Express -


Northern - Mirfield   Station and departure information at Northern website.

Bus travel

The town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.

Road travel

Mirfield can be reached via the A644


Places to Visit

Oakwell Hall and Country Park

Nutter Lane, Birstall
Oakwell Hall Oakwell Hall is a splendid grade I listed Elizabethan Manor house in an extensive country park near Birstall and around 4 miles north-north-west of Dewsbury. The house was built in 1583 by John Batt and is furnished as the family home in the late 17th century and is surrounded by gardens reflecting the garden styles of that period. Oakwell Hall was the inspiration of Fieldhead in Charlotte Brontë's novel "Shirley". The hall also has information on the English Civil War battle of Adwalton Moor, the site of which is a walk of about a mile from the hall. The Hall is surrounded by a 110-acre country park which includes woodland, farmland and a reclaimed colliery site. There are trail-marked paths around the park which includes ponds and nature information boards. There is also a visitor centre at the hall, a gift shop, playground and nature trail. There are car parks for both the house and the country park, accessed from Nutter Lane, Birstall. The hall is owned and maintained by Kirklees Council.
Find out more at the  Kirklees Council - Oakwell Hall and Country Park web pages
with further information at the  Friends of Oakwell Hall and Country Park website.
Locate on map:  Oakwell Hall



Spen Valley Greenway

Dewsbury to Oakenshaw
The Greenway is a disused railway route which once provided Bradford with a direct and faster route to other parts of Yorkshire and towards London as well as connecting the densely populated areas of Cleckheaton, Liversedge and Heckmondwike with major towns and cities. Today it is a pleasant green corridor providing an escape from the mass of traffic on the poor local road network increasingly pressured by a growing need to commute to big cities. The Greenway offers views towards distant moors and is home to a number of sculptures including a flock of sheep made from industrial scrap and a circle of 40 giant steel hoops. The traffic-free route forms part of Route 66 of the National Cycle Network, providing a gentle ascent from the edge of Dewsbury to Oakenshaw on the outskirts of Bradford.


National Coal Mining Museum for England

National Coal Mining Museum for England Wakefield Road, Overton
The National Coal Mining Museum for England is mid-way between Wakefield and Huddersfield, about 6 miles from each, on the main A642 road at Overton. It is also around 10 miles from Barnsley and just under 5 miles from Dewsbury. The former Caphouse Colliery has exhibits showing the history of mining in the Yorkshire coalfield and beyond. The museum also offers the chance to don a miner's helmet to take an underground tour down the mine. The tour takes about an hour and shows the changes in mining and conditions in the pit through its history. There's also chance to meet pit ponies, to take a trip on a colliery railway, to walk its nature trail or relax with food or a drink in its cafe.
More details at the  National Coal Mining Museum website.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

West Bretton
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK's leading open-air sculpture gallery, situated at West Bretton, between Barnsley, Huddersfield and Wakefield. Set in around 500 acres of beautiful parkland within the Bretton Estate adjoining Bretton Hall, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park offers what is probably the finest outdoor exhibition space in the country for modern and contemporary sculpture, attracting regional, national and international exhibits. The museum also has indoor exhibition spaces, cafes and shops. The museum car parks are accessed off the A637 Huddersfield Road between West Bretton and junction 38 of the M1. While access to the park is free, there are charges for parking.

More information at the  Yorkshire Sculpture Park website.
Find on map:  Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Peak District National Park

The vast area of the Peak District National Park extends into southern and western parts of the Kirklees district near Holme, Meltham and Marsden. Buses run from Holmfirth into the National Park, which stretches from Yorkshire into Derbyshire and beyond. For more details see our Peak District page.

Emergency services

West Yorkshire Police  West Yorkshire Police website.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government


Civil parish council

Mirfield Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website  Mirfield Town Council
Metropolitan district council
Kirklees Council

Kirklees Council covers a large metropolitan district based in Huddersfield but also covering well over 100 towns and villages.

They include those in the former county borough of Huddersfield, the former boroughs of Dewsbury, Batley and Spenborough (based in Cleckheaton), the former urban districts of Heckmondwike and Colne Valley and the five large civil parishes created from former urban districts in Holme Valley (around Holmfirth), Denby Dale, Kirkburton, Meltham and Mirfield. Areas other than the latter five are without town or civil parish councils. Part of the district is in the Peak District National Park.

Kirklees Council is made up of 69 councillors with three councillors per ward in 23 wards. Councillors are elected for four-year terms with one-third involved in elections in three out of four years. Councillors elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Kirklees each year. An election of one-third of the council due to be held in 2020 has been postponed to 2021.


Link to  Kirklees Council website.

The political composition after the May 2019 election was:

342179331 DBI
69 members DBI = Dewsbury Borough Independent

County strategic authority
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield - which were at one time provided by a West Yorkshire metropolitan county council, with the addition of the non-contiguous City of York council and unelected Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.
 West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.

Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
 Police and Crime Commissioner West Yorkshire website.

Fire Authority
West Yorkshire Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield.
 West Yorkshire Fire Authority web pages.

Ceremonial county
West Yorkshire

Historic
-1974 Within the West Riding of Yorkshire


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