Industrialisation - particularly the cotton trade - helped shape the town, but its rapid development destroyed its former pasture and meadow land. Most of the cotton mills have now been demolished, but some have been preserved and have been converted into apartments.
Coal pits were also a major part of Dukinfield's industrial history, one pithead was located on Birch Lane, now the site of All Saints' Catholic College, with another near the northern border with Ashton-under-Lyne.
Astley, born in 1724 was a coal, iron and cotton industrialist who built Dukinfield Lodge.
Robinson, who was a Unitarian, industrialist and scholar founded the village library in 1833 and was dubbed the "foremost promoter of education in the district" before his death in 1884.
Adamson was a mechanical engineer who also became the first chairman of the world-renowned Manchester Ship Canal Company. He died on 13 January 1890. The Adamson Military Band, (which received support from Daniel Adamson and is named after him) set up for the workers, is based in Dukinfield.
Dukinfield and its surrounding towns were major centres of civil revolt during the Nineteenth Century and briefly the area was a hotbed of Chartism, the popular movement calling for universal suffrage via a "People's Charter". The famous Chartist leader Reverend Joseph Rayner Stephens is buried in St John's Church cemetery in the town.
Dukinfield is currently represented by the occupants of 6 of the 57 seats on the local Metropolitan Borough Council. These seats are spread over two wards: Dukinfield and Dukinfield Stalybridge. Dukinfield currently has five Labour councillors and one Conservative councillor.
|Population growth in Dukinfield since 1801|
|Source: A Vision of Britain through Time|
Dukinfield Rugby Union Football Club currently plays in the South Lancashire/Cheshire 2 League of the Northern Division. The club plays its home games at Blocksages Playing Fields and is one of the oldest Rugby teams in the historic county of Cheshire, having been founded in 1880. During the late 90's/early 00's, Mike Ford was head coach, gaining 2 league promotions in 3 seasons. He left Dukinfield RUFC for a brief spell at Oldham RUFC but then left to take over as Defensive Co-ordinator of Ireland (January 2002 - September 2005). In September 2004 he started working as Defence and Skills coach at Saracens in the Guinness Premiership before taking over as Head Coach. He is now defence coach of England national rugby union team.
Dukinfield Town AFC, founded in 1948, plays in the Manchester League and has a ground at Blocksage's Playing Fields, Birch Lane, next to Dukinfield Rugby Club.
First class cricketer Norman ‘Buddy’ Oldfield was born in Dukinfield. He played first class cricket for Lancashire and Northamptonshire between 1935 and 1954 and played his sole test for England in 1939.
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JE Hickey "Dukinfield Past and Present" 1924