Denby Dale

Denby Dale

Holy Trinity Church
Denby Dale
 Denby Dale shown within West Yorkshire
Population 16,365 (2011)
OS grid referenceSE229084
Civil parishDenby Dale
Metropolitan boroughKirklees
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode district HD8
Dialling code 01484
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK ParliamentDewsbury
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Coordinates: 53°34′19″N 1°39′18″W / 53.572000°N 1.655000°W / 53.572000; -1.655000

Denby Dale is a village and civil parish in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire, England, to the south east of Huddersfield. The civil parish 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] increasing to 16,365 at the 2011 Census.[2] The parish council gives the electorate of the village itself as 2,143.[3] The River Dearne runs through the village; in the floods of 2007 the it burst its banks on two separate occasions and caused damage to Springfield Mill.[4]


First recorded as Denby Dyke. Before the Industrial Revolution the village was sparsely-populated with a small textile industry at the crossroads of the Barnsley to Shepley Lane Head and the Wakefield to Denby Dale roads. Within 25 years, factories and mills had been built and had a railway station on the Penistone Line. Denby Dale provided the textile industry with raw materials, coal, and transportation. Silk for the Queen Mother's wedding dress was made at Springfield Mill. With the economy flourishing, the population increased and the village grew.


Gilthwaites First School provides education from reception to year 5. The school is part of a federation with Denby Dale Nursery. Denby Dale Nursery School received an outstanding OFSTED report in 2012. Denby Church of England Voluntary Aided First School is a voluntary aided primary school associated with the Church of England 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 has a tradition of baking giant pies, it started in 1788 to celebrate the recovery of King George III from mental illness. To date ten pies have been made as part of nine pie festivals. In August 1887, a pie baked to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria spoiled and was buried in quick lime.[5][6][7] 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 four royal births but was marred by the deaths of four committee members in a car accident while returning from filming in London for a pilot of a television show (later to become the Eamonn Andrews Show). The eighth pie raised money to provide a village hall.[8] The most recent in 2000, weighed 12 tonnes (13 tons) and celebrated the new millennium. Denby Dale Pies was founded in the village.[9]


Denby Dale viaduct

The village is served by Denby Dale railway station, and also has 2 bus stops.

Notable people


  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Kirklees Retrieved 3 September 2009
  2. "Kirkless ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  3. Denby Dale Parish Council : Population by District retrieved 3 September 2009. Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. "Counting the costs of the floods". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  5. "Welcome to our village of Denby Dale". Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  6. "A short history of the Denby Dale Pies". Yorkshire First. 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  7. "The Pie's the limit in Denby Dale!". Bradford & West Yorkshire. BBC. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  8. The Mammoth Pies of Denby Dale. Plates and Ticket Committee. 1964.
  9. Holman, Tom (2008). A Yorkshire Miscellany. London: Frances Lincoln. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7112-2865-8.
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