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West Riding
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Savile Place, Mirfield
Grid reference: SE205205
Location: 53°40’51"N, 1°41’20"W
Population: 18,621  (2001)
Post town: Mirfield
Postcode: WF14
Dialling code: 01924
Local Government
Council: Kirklees

Mirfield is a small town in the West Riding of Yorkshire, on the A644 road between Brighouse and Dewsbury.

In the 2001 census Mirfield was recorded as having a total resident population of 18,621. The town is served by Mirfield railway station.


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.[1]

Local residents introduced the Mirfield Food & Craft Fayre in April 2012,[2] 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".[3]


The 13th century St Mary's Church was rebuilt in 1826 but proved too small for the growing population, and was regarded as too mean 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 which was home to the families of Mirfields (sometimes spelled Mirfin), Hetons and Beaumonts.[4] At Scott's suggestion, the tower of the earlier church, which retains some mediæval work, was retained.

The College of the Resurrection was where Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, lectured from 1975 for two years and where Archbishop Trevor Huddleston spent his last days.


The Calder and Hebble Navigation in Mirfield

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.

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.[5] In 2012, Princess Anne commissioned a new boat for the Trust.[6]

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