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Burley in Wharfedale


Burley in Wharfedale


18th- and 19th-century stone terraced housing in the village centre
Burley-in-Wharfedale is located in West Yorkshire
 Burley-in-Wharfedale shown within West Yorkshire
Population 5,865 
OS grid reference
   – London 175 mi (282 km)  SSE
Civil parish Burley
Metropolitan borough City of Bradford
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ILKLEY
Postcode district LS29
Dialling code 01943
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Shipley
List of places

Burley-in-Wharfedale, is a village and civil parish in the county of West Yorkshire, England, and is situated within the Wharfedale valley.

The village is situated on the A65 road, approximately 11 miles (18 km) north-west from Leeds city centre, 8 miles (13 km) north from Bradford, 3 miles (5 km) from the spa town of Ilkley and 2 miles (3 km) from the market town of Otley. The hamlet of Burley Woodhead, a cluster of farms and homes at the foot of Burley Moor, is 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south-west.


  • History 1
  • Community 2
  • Notable people 3
  • Location grid 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Originally a small agricultural community with likely Roman and Anglo-Saxon roots, Burley developed in the late 18th and 19th centuries into an industrial village with many residents employed at Greenholme Mills, cotton mills powered from a goit fed from the River Wharfe. The cotton mill no longer operates, but the goit is now utilised to provide hydro electric power,[1] and a weir remains.

The development of industrial and commercial centres in the nearby cities of Leeds and Bradford, combined with rail and bus links, caused major changes to the village in the early 20th century. Council housing was built in the 1920s and 1950s, as the village became a dormitory settlement for the two cities. With developments in the second half of the 20th century, Burley became a prosperous but socially diverse village. The village has a high percentage of elderly and retired people, and young families attracted by job opportunities, local schools and new housing developments.

In 2006, following a petition to the local authority and permission from the Secretary of State, Burley gained its own Parish Council.


The Parish Church of St Mary's

Burley population is 5,865.[2] With Menston, Burley is part of Wharfedale Ward in the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford.

The village contains a range of local businesses. Burley public buildings include the Queens' Hall, originally built as a lecture hall for mill workers. Recent work by community groups has resulted in developments including a new nature reserve, and the village green which contains a central water feature.

The village has two state primary schools, Burley and Woodhead Primary School and Burley Oaks Primary School, and a private primary and nursery school for girls and boys.

Burley churches are those for Anglicans, Calvinists, Methodists, and Catholics. The Anglican Parish Church is dedicated to St Mary.

Burley has a range of housing types and age, and terrace houses and cottages at the centre. The former hospital was converted into private townhouses and flats.

Burley has a railway station on the Wharfedale Line, with direct trains to Leeds, Bradford and Ilkley, and links to other local urban areas.

Notable people

Burley Woodhead was home to the television celebrity, the late Richard Whiteley, until his death in 2005. It may have been the birthplace of Walter of Burley (1274-1344), a medieval English logician and theologian. Mark James, Ryder Cup captain in 1999, lives in the village. British cyclist Scott Thwaites is from Burley; in 2012 he became the Men's Elite Road Race Champion in the National road cycling championships held at Otley.[3]

Location grid

See also


  1. ^ "Greenholme Mill Hydro...", Power from the Landscape
  2. ^
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External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Burley Parish Council Website
  • Burley-in-Wharfedale bridge campaign
  • Burley in Wharfedale Community Web Site
  • Burley in Wharfedale at DMOZ
  • Burley Oaks Primary School
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