What is Dewsbury Known For
A minster and market town situated in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, Dewsbury is historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, as well as the West Yorkshire Urban Area. The town lies on the River Calder and on an arm of the Calder and Hebble Navigation waterway.
Dewsbury went under an era of impressive growth during the 19th century, operating as a mill town, and today remains as part of the Heavy Woollen District – a collection of textile-focused industrial development areas situated in West Yorkshire – of which it is the largest town.
The town hosts a large number of annual events, such as their street theatre show Spirit, a wintertime affair held in the town centre. Their Dewsbury Town Hall also regularly holds concerts, gigs, cabaret evenings, exhibitions, and even weddings.
Other nearby attractions include the National Coal Mining Museum for England, located just next to Dewsbury in Overton, Wakefield, which opened during 1988 as the Yorkshire Mining Museum before being granted national status in 1995. Geologically, Dewsbury sits upon rocks of the Carboniferous Period, a system of the Paleozoic which spanned 60 million years, consisting of coal measures and gritstones.
Dewsbury has also been the subject of several references in popular culture, the most famous of these being the Beatles’ 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour, where one of the band members mentions the town while navigating the tour bus’ journey. In recent years, the term ‘Dewsbury noir’ has also been coined to describe the violent works of author David Peace, who was born in the town. The well-renowned Channel 4 documentary Educating Yorkshire, which won best Documentary Programme at the 2014 National Television Awards, also follows the day-to-day lives of students and teachers in the Dewsbury secondary school Thornhill Community Academy.
The comedy film Destination: Dewsbury was also filmed and set within the town during 2016, premiering in 2018 at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.