Denby Dale

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Denby Dale
West Riding
Holy Trinity Church Denby Dale.jpg
Holy Trinity Church
Grid reference: SE229084
Location: 53°34’19"N, 1°39’18"W
Population: 16,365  (2011[1])
Post town: Huddersfield
Postcode: HD8
Dialling code: 01484
Local Government
Council: Kirklees

Denby Dale is a village and civil parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 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,[2] increasing to 16,365 at the 2011 Census.[1] 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 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.


Denby Dale Viaduct

The village is served by Denby Dale railway station,[5] and also has 2 bus stops.


Denby Dale First and Nursery school (formerly known as Gilthwaites First School and Denby Dale Nursery) provides education from aged 2 to aged 10.[6] 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.[7] 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, which 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.[8][9][10] 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.[11] The most recent in 2000, weighed 12 tons and celebrated the new millennium. Denby Dale Pies was founded in the village.[12] In 1940 it was agreed by the Denby Dale Local Comforts Fund, the giant pie dish would be sold for scrap to help the war effort. There was a procession, cricket match, dancing all followed by the selling of the dish.

Notable people

  • Paul Copley, actor[13]
  • Daniel Kitson, comedian[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Denby Dale Parish (E04000181)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 April 2020 
  2. UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Denby Dale Parish (00CZ001)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. }}
  3. "Population by District". Denby Dale Parish Council. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  4. "Counting the costs of the floods". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  5. Body, Geoffrey (1989). Railways of the Eastern Region. Wellingborough: P. Stephens. p. 32. ISBN 1-85260-072-1. 
  6. Template:EduBase Edubase2, Department of Education. Retrieved 8 January 2017
  7. Template:EduBase Edubase2, Department of Education. Retrieved 8 January 2017
  8. "Welcome to our village of Denby Dale". Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  9. "A short history of the Denby Dale Pies". Yorkshire First. 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  10. "The Pie's the limit in Denby Dale!". Bradford & West Yorkshire. BBC. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  11. The Mammoth Pies of Denby Dale. Plates and Ticket Committee. 1964. 
  12. Holman, Tom (2008). A Yorkshire Miscellany. London: Frances Lincoln. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7112-2865-8. 
  13. "Exclusive interview with Denby Dale born actor Paul Copley". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  14. "Reluctant star Kitson earns the plaudits on comedy circuit". The Yorkshire Post. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 

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