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Denby Dale is a village and civil parish in the metropolitan borough of Kirkleesmarker in West Yorkshire, Englandmarker, to the South East of Huddersfieldmarker. As a civil parish it covers the villages of Denby Dale, Lower Denby, Upper Denbymarker, Upper Cumberworthmarker, Lower Cumberworthmarker, Skelmanthorpemarker, Emleymarker, Emley Moormarker. This parish had a population of 14,982 according to the 2001 census. The parish council gives the electorate of the village itself as 2,143.

The river that runs though the village is called the River Dearnemarker and was part of the 2007 United Kingdom floods.

The village is served by Denby Dale railway stationmarker.

Denby Dale viaduct


First recorded as Denby Dyke. Before the industrial revolution it was a sparsely-populated village with a small textile industry.

In 1825 the village was located at a crossroads of the Barnsleymarker to Shepley Lane Head and the Wakefieldmarker to Denby Dale roads. Within 25 years the village had various factories and mills as well as a railway. Denby Dale provided the textile industry with raw materials, coal, and transportation. The silk used for the Queen Mother's wedding dress was made at the Springfield Mill in Denby Dale. With the economy flourishing the population increased and the village grew.

Denby Dale pies

Denby Dale is known for baking giant pies, a tradition first started in 1788 to celebrate the recovery of King George III from his mental illness. So far 10 pies have been made as part of 9 pie festivals (due to the spoiling and subsequent burial of one of the pies in 1887). The most recent (12 tonnes) was made in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium.

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Towns and cities: Barnsleymarker, Huddersfieldmarker, Wakefieldmarker

Villages: Birdsedgemarker, Clayton Westmarker, Emleymarker, High Flatts, Lower Cumberworthmarker, Lower Denby, Scissettmarker, Shelleymarker, Shepleymarker, Skelmanthorpemarker, Upper Cumberworthmarker, Upper Denbymarker


  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Kirklees Retrieved 2009-09-03
  2. Denby Dale Parish Council : Population by District retrieved 2009-09-03

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