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Denby Dale Urban District

Coordinates: 53°34′19″N 1°39′18″W / 53.572000°N 1.655000°W / 53.572000; -1.655000

Denby Dale

Holy Trinity Church
West Yorkshire
Population 14,982 (2001)
OS grid reference SE229084
Civil parish Denby Dale
Metropolitan borough Kirklees
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HD8
Dialling code 01484
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Dewsbury
List of places

Denby Dale is a village and civil parish in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire, England, to the South East of Huddersfield. As a civil parish it covers the villages of Denby Dale, Lower Denby, Upper Denby, Upper Cumberworth, Lower Cumberworth, Skelmanthorpe, Emley, Emley Moor. The parish had a population of 14,982 according to the 2001 census.[1] The parish council gives the electorate of the village itself as 2,143.[2]

The river that runs though the village is called the River Dearne and was part of the 2007 United Kingdom floods.

The village is served by Denby Dale railway station.


First recorded as Denby Dyke. Before the industrial revolution it was a sparsely-populated village with a small textile industry.

In 1825, the village was located at the crossroads of the Barnsley to Shepley Lane Head and the Wakefield to Denby Dale roads. Within 25 years, the village had various factories and mills as well as a railway. Denby Dale provided the textile industry with raw materials, coal, and transportation. The silk used for the Queen Mother's wedding dress was made at the Springfield Mill in Denby Dale. With the economy flourishing, the population increased and the village grew.


Gilthwaites First School is located at one end of the village providing education from reception to year 5. The school is now part of a federation with Denby Dale Nursery. Denby Dale Nursery School received an outstanding OFSTED report for both the daycare and education provision in 2012. Denby Church of England Voluntary Aided First School is a voluntary aided primary school associated with the Church of England and situated in Upper Denby. The school has two classes, infants and juniors, with the infants running through years reception to year 2 and the juniors running through the years 3 to 5. At the turn of the millennium, there were around 40 to 50 pupils in the school.

Denby Dale pies

Denby Dale is known for baking giant pies, a tradition first started in 1788 to celebrate the recovery of King George III from his mental illness. So far, 10 pies have been made as part of 9 pie festivals (due to the spoiling and subsequent burial of one of the pies in 1887).[3] This pie had been baked, in August 1887, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria; following its burial, a replacement pie (the 'resurrection' pie) was baked in September 1887. The sixth pie was baked on 1 August 1896, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the repeal of the corn laws. The seventh (the Infirmary Pie) raised money to endow a cot at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. The eighth pie, in 1964, was to celebrate 4 royal births but was marred by the tragic deaths of 4 committee members, as a result of a car accident while returning from filming in London for a pilot television show (later to become the Eamonn Andrews Show). This eighth pie raised money for a village hall.[4] The most recent (12 tonnes) was made in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium.[5]

Notable people

Nearby places

Towns and cities: Barnsley, Huddersfield, Wakefield

Villages: Birdsedge, Clayton West, Emley, High Flatts, Lower Cumberworth, Lower Denby, Scissett, Shelley, Shepley, Skelmanthorpe, Upper Cumberworth, Upper Denby


External links

  • Denby Dale Village website
  • Denby Dale Parish Council
  • Photoblog from Denby Dale and the surrounding area
  • Artists/Photographers Documenting Denby Dale
  • Denby Dale Visitor Information
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