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Although a rural area with beautiful countryside, alongside farming Denby Dale has a rich and fascinating industrial heritage.

The Denby Dale archives cover the wider Denby Dale area, with a current population of some 18,000 and comprising the villages of Denby Dale itself; Clayton West, Emley, Skelmanthorpe and Scissett; Cumberworth, Denby, Birdsedge and High Flatts.

Before the formation in 1974 of Kirklees Council (and the current Denby Dale Parish Council), our area had been administered by the Denby Dale Urban District Council, which also covered the whole area; before then from 1898 by the four separate Urban District Councils of Clayton West, Denby and Cumberworth, Emley and Skelmanthorpe; and earlier still by the various Local Boards and Townships.

The records of all these bodies can be accessed on the Denby Dale section of this web-site. The original documents (lodged with Kirklees MBC on its creation) are now held by West Yorkshire Archive Service.

The Kirkburton section contains a variety of records from the neighbouring  Kirkburton Parish Council, the Kirkburton district having a similar local government history to that of Denby Dale.

Our industrial heritage is reflected in the Norton and Kenyon sections of the web-site, comprising archives from two former major textile companies: G.H. Norton & Co. Ltd., Cashmere & Woollen Manufacturers of Scissett; and Jonas Kenyon & Sons Ltd., Woollen & Worsted manufacturers of Denby Dale. The originals are again held by West Yorkshire Archive Service.

The Norton archives were compiled by local historian Leslie Robinson, the owner of the wonderful Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre in Queen Street, Skelmanthorpe. This small former weaver’s cottage is featured in the Skelmanthorpe section of our web-site. You may find further information at:

www.friendsofskelmanthorpetextileheritagecentre.btck.co.uk

Leslie Robinson has also written a series of fascinating local history books, published by Denby Dale Parish Council, and these are described in the Books section of the web-site.

The Clayton West, Bagden Hall & Local Textile sections comprise selections of wonderful historic photos – all from the Leslie Robinson collection, as are the extensive photos and documents in Scissett at War covering both World Wars.