Mirfield is a small town and civil parish in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is on the A644 road between Brighouse and Dewsbury . At the 2011 census it had a population of 19,563.[1]


Calder and Hebble Canal at Mirfield
Location within West Yorkshire
Population19,563 (Ward. 2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSE205205
Civil parish
  • Mirfield
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtWF14
Dialling code01924
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament

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 Metropolitan Borough Council tax is levied on the town's 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.

Local elections

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

2000Beverley Warby2,30055.7
2002Martyn Bolt2,14752.9
2003Kathleen Taylor1,80239.8
2004Beverley Warby2,947
2004Martyn Bolt3,661
2004Kathleen Taylor3,166
2008Martyn Bolt3,400
2010Vivien Lees-Hamilton5,908
2011Kathleen Taylor3,561
2011Martyn Bolt2,775


In May 2005, Mirfield became the first Fairtrade Town in Kirklees and only the fourth in West Yorkshire.


The 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, Hopton Primary School 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 minor 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 then 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.

St. Mary's Church was also the boyhood church of Sir Patrick Stewart, of Star Trek fame.[9]

The College of the Resurrection is a Church of England theological college. There, Rowan Williams, later the Archbishop of Canterbury, lectured from 1975 for two years and 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, with a high popularity of the pastime "duck feeding" being present along the waters edge.

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.[10] In 2012, Princess Anne commissioned a new boat for the Trust.[11]

Notable people


There are many national businesses based in Mirfield including John Cotton Group Ltd and Furniture Choice.[14][15]

The town has a variety of local independent shops as well as national chains such as Lidl, Bargain Booze, Tesco and Co-op Food.


Mirfield is the home of Mirfield Petanque Club who currently play in the West Yorkshire Petanque League.


Twin town

See also


  1. "Kirklees Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  2. Kirklees MBC Website – Mirfield Archived 1 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Kirklees Website Archived 21 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Examiner, Huddersfield (19 June 2008). "Show aims to attract youngsters".
  5. Kirklees Council Website
  6. Shaw, Martin (9 April 2012). "Summer of fun events planned for Mirfield".
  7. "Crowlees Church of England Voluntary Controlled Junior and Infant School" Archived 4 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Ofsted, 27 March 2007
  8. GENUKI. "Genuki: MIRFIELD, Yorkshire (West Riding)". www.genuki.org.uk.
  9. "The UK's Favourite Churches". www.favouritechurches.org.uk.
  10. "Safe Anchor Trust: About us".
  11. "Princess Anne to visit Mirfield". Dewsbury Reporter.
  12. Baldwin, Andrew (4 October 2003). "Mirfield angry at special 'honour'". The Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  13. "Kids meet a real smoothie operator". Mirfield Reporter. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  14. Zientek, Henryk (2 December 2014). "Business Profile: John Cotton of John Cotton Group Ltd".
  15. "FURNITURE CHOICE LIMITED - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk.
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