Discover historical architecture with Dewsbury Beeline Heritage Trail

Heritage open days

Kirklees Libraries is inviting people to take a trip down memory lane and explore Dewsbury’s historical architecture.

The Dewsbury Beeline Heritage Trail film is a celebration of the completion of the Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), a Kirklees Council and the National Lottery Heritage Funded project.

What you will see

The film along with a printable trail allows viewers to discover ten historic buildings and the characters connected with them that together tell the story of Dewsbury’s past. The buildings featured include Old Central Station, Dewsbury Minster and Pioneer House.

The film also features performers from ‘Walking Through Time’, a project by Creative Scene and Dewsbury Community Outreach, in which local residents bring characters from Dewsbury’s past, to life.

Councillor Peter McBride, Deputy Leader of Kirklees Council said:

“The new trail produced by the Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), is a wonderful way to learn about the history of Dewsbury and take in the wonderful architecture of the town as well as see first-hand the results of regeneration investment on the ground through the Townscape Heritage Initiative grants.

“Dewsbury has a proud history linked to the textile industry and the co-operative movement, with the THI’s key project Pioneer House opening this week now is the ideal time for us to remember the past whilst looking forward to our blueprint plans for the future of this great town.”

The Dewsbury Beeline Heritage Trail follows on from the council’s celebration of Heritage Open Days held in September.

Watch the live trail

Watch the Dewsbury Beeline Heritage Trail live on 27 November at 7:30pm on Kirklees Libraries YouTube channel under Local History Virtual Walks.

The trail leaflet can be downloaded from Historic England’s website.

The heritage trail coincides with the re-opening of the historic Pioneer House. Located in Dewsbury town centre, it is now home to Kirklees College’s Pioneer Higher Skills Centre.  The centre had its official opening earlier this week.