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Mirfield, Yorkshire England

By Terry Smook


I was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire during 1949 and have visited there only 3 times since leaving at the age of 15.

Mirfield is in West Yorkshire and is a thriving little town. The main industry years ago was the wool trade, but now it seems to be more of a hub for ‘barge’ traffic – deliveries and tourist trade.

There is a network of canals going through Mirfield and I remember being very central for Leeds, Huddersfield, York, Bradford etc.

Terry Smook
Centre Court Chapter

Tha wud nivver uv nawn
(translation: you would never have known!)

Patrick Stewart was born on 13 July 1940 at Camm Lane in Mirfield.

OK so who is he? Treckies will all know him as the Captain of the Star Ship Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard.
Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest fame died and was buried in the cemetary at Mirfield. The inscription on his grave reads:
“Here underneath dis laitl stean
Laz robert earl of Huntintun
Ne’er arcir ver as hie sa geud
An pipl kauld im robin heud
Sick utlawz as his as iz men
Vil england nivr si agen”
Obiit 24 Kal. Dekembris 1247

Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë each spent time in Mirfield. The three girls were educated at Roe Head School over the period 1831 to 1838. Charlotte was both pupil and mistress here.

Historic Mirfield