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Sights in Dewsbury
Dewsbury is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in the county of West Yorkshire, England. It lies just west of Wakefield, east of Huddersfield and south of Leeds. The town’s population has been steadily increasing since 2001 and was recorded as 54,693 in the 2011 Census. The town centre, Market Place, has a Grade I listed medieval church at its heart, All Saints’, which stands on top of a hill and has views across the town and the surrounding countryside.
Dewsbury has a number of wellpreserved historic buildings. The most substantial is the 13th century Abbey, Kirkhamgate Chapel and St Paulinus’ Church. The town also has a Norman castle, motteandbailey earthworks which were built following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Dewsbury Market is one of the largest covered markets in England and has been operating for over 700 years. The market hall was rebuilt in 1857 and the current market cross dates from 1877. The market sells a wide variety of goods, including fresh produce, meat, fish, flowers, clothing and household goods.
Dewsbury Museum is housed in the former railway station building and has a collection of local history exhibits, including Roman artefacts, medieval relics and Viking remains. The museum also has a section on the textile industry which was once an important part of the town’s economy.
The town is home to several parks and green spaces, including Crow Nest Park, Earlsheaton Park, Healey Woodland Park and the Greenhead Park, Hawksworth Wood Nature Reserve and the River Calder.
Dewsbury has a range of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. The town centre has a selection of high street chain stores, as well as independent shops selling everything from clothes and shoes to food and drink. There are also a number of markets held in the town centre, including the weekly farmer’s market which sells locally sourced produce.
Dewsbury is wellconnected to the rest of the country by road and rail. The M1 motorway runs close to the town and there are regular train services to London, Leeds and Manchester.
History of Dewsbury
Dewsbury is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in the county of West Yorkshire, England. It lies 7 miles southeast of Bradford, 7 miles west of Wakefield and 1 mile north of Huddersfield. Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Dewsbury’s name surely originates from AngloSaxon dewsbrige = ‘dew pond bridge’. The town was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Deusberie, and later as Dewesbury and Dewesbiri.
The parish church of All Saints’ (13th century, rebuilt 1849) has a 14thcentury Decorated chapel and a 15thcentury flint tower, with a ring of eight bells. The registers date from 1654, and there are some burial records from 1599. All Saints’ is a member of the Bishop Barlow United Benefice, which includes also the Church of St John the Evangelist at Flockton Moor, both being within the Diocese of Manchester.
Dewsbury Minster, on the site of a Benedictine Abbey, was built between 1335 and 1480, though much restored since. The west tower (15th century, restored 1858) is 280 feet (85 m) high. The minster has the largest parish church organ in Kirklees, built by Henry Willis in 1874. There is a ring of eight bells, all cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough in 1897. The minster is a member of the Greater churches Group.
The Grade I listed Market Cross in the town centre was built in 1814. It was designed by William Lindley the younger and his son Richard, who also designed the nearby County Buildings. It is octagonal in plan and has an elaborately carved base and capital. On the top is a statue of Jeremiah Dixon, between 1733 and 1760 the Surveyor to the Commissioners for defining the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland, for which work he is better known.
Dewsbury is significant for its association with the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, who murdered thirteen women and attempted to murder seven others between 1975 and 1980. In total, Sutcliffe killed five women in or near Dewsbury, and the town was where he was first arrested, following a routine police check, in 1975 – albeit for driving offences unrelated to the murders.
Vacation in Dewsbury
Dewsbury is a town in West Yorkshire, England. It lies near the confluence of the River Calder and the River Don. It is the largest town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees and has a population of around 51,800. The town is known for its green spaces, with over 50 parks and open spaces. It is also home to the Dewsbury Rams rugby league team and the Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team.
Dewsbury is a great place to visit for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is situated in the stunning Yorkshire countryside. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for walks, hikes and bike rides. Secondly, the town has a rich history and there are a number of interesting buildings and monuments to explore. Finally, Dewsbury has a number of excellent pubs, restaurants and cafes, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind.
If you are looking for a place to stay, there are a number of hotels, guest houses and selfcatering options in Dewsbury. For those on a budget, there are also a number of campsites located nearby.
When it comes to things to do, there is something for everyone in Dewsbury. For history buffs, there are a number of interesting buildings to explore, including Dewsbury Minster, The Crow Nest and The Manor House. For those who enjoy the outdoors, there are plenty of walks and hikes to enjoy in the surrounding countryside. For shopping enthusiasts, there are a number of independent shops selling a variety of items, from clothes to antiques. And for those looking for a night out, there are a number of pubs, bars and clubs to choose from.
Whatever your reason for visiting, Dewsbury is sure to have something to offer. So why not come and explore this wonderful town for yourself?
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