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Mirfield is a small town and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Kirkleesmarker, in West Yorkshire, Englandmarker. It is on the main road between Huddersfieldmarker, Dewsburymarker and Wakefieldmarker, and has a total resident population of 18,621.

The town is served by Mirfield railway stationmarker.

Governance

From 1894 to 1974, Mirfield formed an urban district of the West Riding of Yorkshire, when it was merged into the Metropolitan Borough of Kirkleesmarker. It gained a parish council in 1988.

Culture

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 Agricultutal Society (MAS) as a non-profit making event for the families of Mirfield and district.

Education

There are two secondary schools in Mirfield: Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form and Castle Hall Schoolmarker.Amongst the primary schools there are Battyeford, Crossley Fields (formerly Wellhouse), Old Bank and Hopton J, I and N school and Crowlees Junior and Infant Schoolmarker that was assessed by Ofsted as 'Grade 1 - Outstanding' in the March 2007 inspection.

Landmarks

The 13th century St Mary's Church was rebuilt in 1826. However, this church itself proved too small for the growing population, and was also regarded as too mean for the growing district. A completely new church, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, was built a few yards to the northwest, on the site of the old Castle Hall, a mansion which was home to the families successively of Mirfields (sometimes spelled Mirfin), Hetons and Beaumonts. At Scott's suggestion, the tower of the earlier church, which retains some medieval work, was retained.

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

Navigation

During the eighteenth 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 Navigationmarker. Its construction resulted in many industries in Mirfield, such as the textiles and boat yards. The Canal is still in use for recreational users.

Notable people

It is the birthplace of:

Image:St Marys Mirfield 1.jpg|St Mary's Church, designed by Sir George Gilbert ScottImage:St Marys Mirfield 2.jpg|The tower of the 1826 church

References

  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Kirklees retrieved 2009-09-03
  2. Show aims to attract youngsters (20 June 2008)
  3. "Crowlees Church of England Voluntary Controlled Junior and Infant School", Ofsted, 27 March 2007
  4. Mirfield, GENUKI


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