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Mirfield is a small former mining town and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire; a written record of the existence of Mirfield appears in the Doomsday Book of 1086; its name is thought to mean either a clearing near a swamp or mire, or in Pobjoy's 'A History of Mirfield', he puts forward an alternative theory in that the prefix is from the Old English 'maer', meaning merry or pleasant.

Following the Norman Conquest, Mirfield and Hopton were among 214 manors, mainly in Yorkshire, that were given to Ilbert de Lacy who had been responsible for much devastation in the subjugation of those who resisted William's occupation; Ilbert is thought to have fortified his manor at Mirfield with a motte and bailey, using the mound and moat already in existence from earlier fortifications; this mound still stands beside the Parish church.

During the eighteenth century, the Calder and Hebble Navigation canal was constructed through the town linking the River Calder with other rivers in the area; its construction resulted in many industries in Mirfield, such as the textiles and boat yards; the canal is still in use for recreational users; coalmining began back in 1891 when the shaft of the King's Head pit was sunk and connected up with the existing workings at the Dark Lane mine, and the pit was closed in 1931 possibly due to a constant battle with water entering the workings.

Mirfield Show is an annual agricultural event held on the third Sunday in August at Mirfield showground; it is organised and run by the MAS, Mirfield Agricultural Society, as a non-profit making event for the families of Mirfield and district.

In May 2005 Mirfield became the first Fairtrade Town in Kirklees.

Famous People: Sir Patrick Stewart.



 

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