Ossett is an old industrial town midway between Dewsbury and Wakefield.

Ossett was once a thriving centre of the "shoddy" industry. There are now three operational textile mills in the town. The town once had four railway stations, all of which have long been closed. It is now the largest town in Yorkshire and one of the largest towns in Britain without a railway station.

Gawthorpe, a small village on the outskirts of Ossett, is the venue each Easter Monday of the annual World Coal-Carrying Championships.

The novelist Stan Barstow, author of A Kind of Loving, was born in nearby Horbury, but he attended Ossett Grammar School and has lived almost all of his life in Ossett.

OS grid reference SE 285 205

Useful and informative links

Ossett photographs from Geograph
Wikipedia article on Ossett

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