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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 located in West Yorkshire

 Mirfield shown within West Yorkshire
Population 18,621 
OS grid reference SE205205
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
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Mirfield is a small town and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, England. It is on the main road between Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Wakefield, and has a total resident population of 18,621.[1]

The town is served by Mirfield railway station.



From 1894 to 1974, Mirfield formed an urban district of the West Riding of Yorkshire, when it was merged into the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees. It gained a parish council in 1988.


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 Agricultutal Society (MAS) as a non-profit making event for the families of Mirfield and district.[2]


There are two secondary schools in Mirfield: Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form and Castle Hall School. Amongst the primary schools there are Battyeford, Crossley Fields (formerly Wellhouse), Old Bank and Hopton J, I and N school and Crowlees Junior and Infant School that was assessed by Ofsted as 'Grade 1 - Outstanding' in the March 2007 inspection.[3]


The 13th century St Mary's Church was rebuilt in 1826. However, this church itself proved too small for the growing population, and was also regarded as too mean for the growing district. A completely new church, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, was built a few yards to the northwest, on the site of the old Castle Hall, a mansion which was home to the families successively of Mirfields (sometimes spelled Mirfin), Hetons and Beaumonts.[4] 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. Archbishop Trevor Huddleston spent his last days in Mirfield here.


During the eighteenth 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.

Notable people

It is the birthplace of:


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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

MIRFIELD, an urban district in the Morley parliamentary division of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, 3 m. S.W. of Dewsbury, on the Lancashire & Yorkshire and London & North-Western railways. Pop. (1901), 11,341. The church of St Mary was completed in 1874, from designs of Sir Gilbert Scott. The tower of the ancient church remains. The large industrial population is employed in woollen, cotton, carpet and blanket manufactures, and in the numerous collieries in the vicinity.

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