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Burley in Wharfedale

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Burley in Wharfedale
Village green
Burley in Wharfedale is located in West Yorkshire
Burley in Wharfedale
Burley in Wharfedale
Location within West Yorkshire
Population7,041 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE165464
• London175 mi (282 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Burley
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townILKLEY
Postcode districtLS29
Dialling code01943
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°54′49″N 1°44′53″W / 53.9137°N 1.7480°W / 53.9137; -1.7480

Burley in Wharfedale is a village[2] and (as just Burley[3]) a civil parish in the City of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. It is situated in the Wharfedale valley. In 2011 it had a population of 7041.

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

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The name of Burley in Wharfedale is first attested in an eleventh-century copy of a charter issued in 972, as Burhleg. It appears in the Domesday Book in the spellings Burgelei, Burgelay, Burghelai, and Burghelay. The comes from the Old English words burg ('fortification') and lēah ('open land in a wood'), and thus meant 'open land in a wood, characterised by a fortification'. The specification 'in Wharfedale', deployed to avoid ambiguity with the various other English places of the same name, is first attested during the reign of Edward I of England, in the forms Burghlay in Querfildale and Burghlay in Quervesdale.[4][5]


Burley in Wharfedale was originally a small agricultural community with likely Roman and Anglo-Saxon roots.[6] 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 and has recently been converted to flats, but the goit is now utilised to provide hydro electric power, and a weir remains.[7]

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.[8]

Burley was formerly a township and chapelry in the parish of Otley,[9] from 1866 Burley in Wharfedale was a civil parish in its own right,[10] on 1 April 1937 the parish was abolished and merged with Ilkley.[11] In 1931 the parish had a population of 3961.[12]

On 1 April 2006, following a petition to the local authority and permission from the Parliament, Burley became a separate parish again under the name "Burley".[13][14]


St Mary's Church tower and spire

Burley population is 7,041.[1] With Menston, Burley is part of Wharfedale ward in the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford.[15]

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.[16]

The village has two state primary schools, Burley and Woodhead Primary School, Burley Oaks Primary School, and Ghyll Royd School & Pre-School,[17] a private primary and nursery school for girls and boys aged 2–11. The school was established in 1889 by Augustus Wooldridge Godby. Formerly an all boys school, it became a co-educational school in 1999 when it moved location to Greystone Manor.[18]

Rear of the St Mary's Church

Burley churches are those of Anglicans, Calvinists, Methodists, and Catholics. The Anglican Parish Church is dedicated to St Mary.[19]

Burley has a range of housing types and age, and terrace houses and cottages at the centre. Scalebor Park Hospital has been converted into private townhouses and flats.[20]

Burley has a railway station on the Wharfedale Line, with direct trains to Leeds, Bradford and Ilkley, and links to other local urban areas.[21]

The Grange, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale

Notable people

Burley Woodhead was home to the television presenter 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. William Forster, reforming 19th-century politician was part owner of a mill in the village and is buried there.[22] Mark James, Ryder Cup captain in 1999, lives in the village.[23] 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.[24] Magistrate and treasurer to the County Courts of Yorkshire John Peele Clapham commissioned Burley Grange and the Salem Church on Main Street.[25]

Tom Sumner was awarded an MBE in 2000 for "For services to the community in Burley-in-Wharfdale, West Yorkshire."[26]

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See also


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Burley in Wharfedale Built-up area (E35001500)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Burley in Wharfedale". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 30 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Burley". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  4. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 75. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  5. ^ Harry Parkin, Your City's Place-Names: Leeds, English Place-Name Society City-Names Series, 3 (Nottingham: English Place-Name Society, 2017), p. 30.
  6. ^ "Burley-in-Wharfedale conservation area assessment" (PDF). 2004. p. 5. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  7. ^ "New lease of life for Burley mill as river power harnessed". Wharfedale Observer. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Bradford Growth Assessment" (PDF). Broadway Malyan. November 2013. p. 12. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  9. ^ "History of Burley in Wharfedale, in Bradford and West Riding". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  10. ^ "Relationships and changes Burley in Wharfedale Tn/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  11. ^ "Wharfedale Registration District". UKBMD. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  12. ^ "Population statistics Burley in Wharfedale Tn/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  13. ^ "Bradford Registration District". UKBMD. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  14. ^ "Board to honour Burley Parish Council chairmen". Wharfedale Observer. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  15. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Wharfedale Ward (as of 2011) (E05001366)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Wharfedale's new nature reserve". BBC News. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Home". Ghyll Royd School and Pre-School. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Contact Us". Ghyll Royd School and Pre-School. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Burley-in-Wharfedale: St Mary the Blessed Virgin - A Church Near You". Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Scalebor Park Hospital". County Asylums. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Burley in Wharfedale: A Sustainable Development Location" (PDF). Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners. February 2015. p. 7. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  22. ^ Freeman, Sarah, ed. (23 December 2017). "A corner of Yorkshire; The Forster Memorial". The Yorkshire Post. The Magazine. p. 4. ISSN 0963-1496.
  23. ^ "James chasing US seniors glory". Yorkshire Evening Post. 27 November 2003. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Yorkshire cycle racer's Otley win". BBC News. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  25. ^ "People and families". Burley Community Library. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  26. ^ "NEW YEAR HONOURS 2000". BBC News. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 24 February 2021.

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