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The Wonderful Village of Kirkburton


For the past 7 years, Picture Smiths HQ has been very proudly based in the lovely village of Kirkburton. With its picturesque scenery and friendly residents, the Picture Smiths team often like to have a lunchtime roam in the area. And since we’re missing it very much whilst working from home, we thought we’d share with you some facts about the village.

Est. 1190 AD

There has been a church in Kirkburton since 1190. ‘Kirk’ is the Norse word for ‘church’. The site is believed to have been consecrated by the Bishop of York in the fourth century. A cross from that era is kept inside the church, which has medieval, Tudor and Georgian sections today. In the middle ages, the village sat in the township of Wakefield (not Huddersfield as it is today) and the Kirkburton church was head of a 16,000 acre parish, that expanded as far as the Holme Valley.

Celebrity Neighbour

Kirkburton resident Wilf Lunn is a famous inventor, prop maker and TV presenter. He is best known for his regular appearances on the 1960s and 1970s UK children's television show ‘Vision On’.

Local Clientele

Picture Smiths proudly worked on branding and design projects with a number of Kirkburton-based businesses, including; Miriam’s Kitchen Table, Harpers Interiors, Koko Beauty Spa, Kosmetiko, Roundhouse Podiatry and Travel Experience. We’re doing our bit to make the street even more handsome, and we’ve made some great friends along the way.

A Ghostly Tale

During the English Civil War the Kirkburton villagers supported the Parliamentary/Roundhead cause. The priest, Gamaliel Whitaker, angered his parishioners by supporting the Royalists/Cavaliers. He was denounced to the government forces who went to arrest him in 1644. During the struggle the soldiers shot his wife, Hester, in the ensuing confusion. Legend has it that her ghost haunts the old vicarage.

The Huddersfield-Kirkburton Branch Line

Kirkburton once has a railway line that ran until 1960’s, although a passenger service only until 1930s. Evidence of the railway remains in the area around Northwood Park, a housing development built on the old route. Parts of the railway station still remain, albeit in ruined state, whilst the bricked up tunnel can be seen when travelling into the village centre from the Penistone Road.

Industrial heritage – Burton Dean

As much of Huddersfield, Kirkburton has a historic trade in textiles. Kirkburton was home to a water powered ‘scribbling’ mill, named Springfield Mill, opened at Dean Bottom around 1830. The mill dye works still remain to this day, (it’s the building next door to us, now a restaurant) and Picture Smiths building is believed to have been a coach house and stable for the nearby mill.

When things are back to normal, we highly recommend a wonder through the village where you will find cafes, shops, a florist and a bakery amongst other businesses. We’ll see you there for a cuppa.

By Alex Brooke Smith