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Like many of the towns in the West Yorkshire Heavy Woollen District, Heckmondwike was formerly a mill town, and was famous for its blankets. In 1811 a Blanket Hall was built for the trade of the town's primary industry, and a second hall was erected in 1839, on the road now called Blanket Hall Street in the town centre. What was left of the first Blanket Hall was demolished in spring 2008, along with a number of other old buildings including the former Co-op buildings that had a short spell as the town's post office and former "George" public house - formally known as "The George and Dragon". Current redevelopment of this area is to include the building of a new library, bus terminus and improved road system.

In its heyday Heckmondwike footwear company Goliath, otherwise known as the Co-op Boot Company, made football boots for Sir Stanley Matthews, who had a long and illustrious footballing career with Blackpool, Stoke City and England. Every year he went through several pairs of light boots and he often made the trip to the Heckmondwike factory in Brunswick Street to see how they were made and meet the workers. He put his name to a special brand of boot also made in Heckmondwike. Another footballing connection was a visit by Pele to the Mileta factory.

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