Once the capital of Yorkshire 'heavy woollen' district, Dewsbury like so many post-industrial communities has gone through a period of decline. Recent years, however, have seen the advent of projects to regenerate run-down areas.
Dewsbury is one of the region's oldest towns. Legend has it that St. Paulinus, the first bishop of York, preached here in AD 627 and baptised converts in the River Calder. Dewsbury Minster stands on the site where he is said to have preached.
Patrick Bronte, father of the famous sisters, was curate here in 1809-11. Charlotte Bronte at one time taught at Healds House School on Dewsbury Moor.
The fine Victorian town hall that overlooks the old Market Place was built in 1886-89 at a cost of £25,500. It is an imposing mixed Renaissance style building and is topped by a clock tower with an ornate cupola. Dewsbury Town Hall presents a significant number of concerts, and Dewsbury is thought to be the smallest town in the country to host a classical concert season.
Dewsbury Museum is dedicated to the theme of childhood, with exhibitions such as 'Growing Up in Dewsbury' and 'Toys will be Toys'. There is also a programme of temporary exhibitions and events.OS grid reference SE 245 225
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Eddie Waring (1910-1986) - sports commentator and television presenter.
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