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Calder and Hebble canal at Mirfield
Mirfield is located in West Yorkshire
 Mirfield shown within West Yorkshire
Population 18,621 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SE205205
Civil parish Mirfield
Metropolitan borough Kirklees
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MIRFIELD
Postcode district WF14
Dialling code 01924
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Dewsbury
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Coordinates: 53°40′51″N 1°41′20″W / 53.6807°N 1.6888°W / 53.6807; -1.6888

Mirfield is a small town and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is located on the A644 road between Brighouse and Dewsbury. In the 2001 census it was recorded as having a total resident population of 18,621.[1]

The town is served by Mirfield railway station.


From 1894 to 1974, Mirfield was an urban district in the West Riding of Yorkshire until it was merged into the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees. In 1988 a parish council was formed, one of five in Kirklees, the others being:- Denby Dale, Meltham, Kirkburton and Holme Valley. As a parish council an additional tax precept to the Kirklees MBC tax is levied on the towns residents. It is made up of 16 councillors who serve for a fixed four-year term, and represent wards within the parish.[2] The members elect a town mayor, who serves for a fixed one-year term.

List of Town Council Mayors[edit]

Brian Nicholson, 1988 Mavis Boothroyd Colin Fretwell Malcolm Brown Mick Harrison Hugh Bowden Harry Fearnley Michael Hutchinson Martyn Bolt James Taylor Kath Taylor Keith Sibbald

  • Bob Bennett: 2007-2008
  • David Pinder: 2009-2010
  • Janet Hirst: 2010-2011
  • Patricia Sutcliffe: 2011–2012
  • David Pinder: 2012–2013
  • Vivien Lees-Hamilton 2013-present

Local elections[edit]

In addition to the town council Mirfield is represented by three councillors on Kirklees Metropolitan Council, and the local Mirfield Area Committee

Party Date Candidate Votes Share
2000 Beverley Warby 2,300 55.7
2002 Martyn Bolt 2,147 52.9
2003 Kathleen Taylor 1,802 39.8
2004 Beverley Warby 2,947 -
2004 Martyn Bolt 3,661 -
2004 Kathleen Taylor 3,166 -
2008 Martyn Bolt 3,400 -
2010 Vivien Lees-Hamilton 5,908 -
2011 Kathleen Taylor 3,561 -
2011 Martyn Bolt 2,775 -


In May 2005 Mirfield became the first Fairtrade Town in Kirklees and only the fourth in West Yorkshire.[citation needed]


Main article: Mirfield Show

Mirfield Show is an annual agricultural event held on the third Sunday in August at Mirfield showground. It is organised and run by the Mirfield Agricultural Society (MAS) as a non-profit making event for the families of Mirfield and district.[4]

Local residents introduced the Mirfield Food & Craft Fayre in April 2012,[5] scheduled to be run the last Saturday of each month and "help raise the profile of Mirfield, be a benefit to local traders, businesses, organisations and charities, and add more destination events to the Yorkshire calendar".[6]


There are two secondary schools in Mirfield: Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form and Castle Hall School.

Primary schools include Battyeford CE Primary School Crossley Fields, Old Bank, Lower Hopton Primary and Crowlees Junior and Infant School, all of which were assessed by Ofsted as 'Grade 1 - Outstanding' in the March 2007 inspection.[7]


The 13th century St Mary's Church was rebuilt in 1826 but proved too small for the growing population, and was regarded as too mean for the growing district. A new church, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, was built a few yards to the northwest, on the site of Castle Hall, a mansion which was home to the families of Mirfields (sometimes spelled Mirfin), Hetons and Beaumonts.[8] At Scott's suggestion, the tower of the earlier church, which retains some medieval work, was retained.

The College of the Resurrection was where Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, lectured from 1975 for two years and where Archbishop Trevor Huddleston spent his last days.


During the 18th century, a canal was constructed through the town linking the River Calder with other rivers in the area. The canal is part of the Calder and Hebble Navigation. Its construction resulted in many industries in Mirfield, such as the textiles and boat yards. The canal is still in use for recreational users.

Mirfield is the base of the Safe Anchor Trust, a charity founded in 1995 to provide canal boat trips for vulnerable and special needs people.[9] In 2012, Princess Anne commissioned a new boat for the Trust.[10]

Notable people[edit]


Twin town[edit]

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