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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dudley Hill is a village in the borough of City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England and is in Tong ward.


There are a few mentions of the name Dudley Hill prior to the industrial revolution.

Religious history

John Wesley (1703-1791) visited Dudley Hill in 1744.[1] The Wesleyan Sunday School opened in 1816, the Wesleyan Chapel in 1823 and the Ebenezer Primitive Methodists Chapel opened in 1833 and in 1861 Salem Chapel opened on Sticker Lane.[1]

Industrial history

To the north Bowling Iron Works was founded in 1788.[1] Terry's Mill opened in 1823, and Albion Mill, and Perseverance Mill appeared after 1850.[1] Industry Mill was destroyed in a fire in 1890 but rebuilt in brick.[1] In 1935 Jubilee Mills opened.[1]

Transport history

Dudley Hill was at the junction of three turnpikes: the Cutler Heights to Bradford turnpike (1740) down Rooley Lane; the Bradford to Wakefield turnpike (1752) and Dudley Hill, Killinghall and Harrogate turnpike (1804) along Sticker Lane.[1][2]

Dudley Hill railway station was opened in 1856 with a new larger station in 1875. The passenger service ended in 1952 and it was closed to freight in 1979.[1]

In 1903 electric trams came to Dudley Hill.[1] In 1911 Britain's first trolleybus service commenced operation between Laisterdyke and Dudley Hill.[3][4] The service stopped in 1972,[3] the last trolleybus service in the UK.

Commercial history

The 600 seat Picture Palace cinema on Tong Street was designed for Walter Goodall (1868-1933) by architects Howorth & Howorth of Cleckheaton and opened in 1912 - the cinema closed in 1967 and became a Bingo club then a carpet and bedroom furniture salesroom.[5] In 2016 it was designated a Grade II listed building by Historic England.[6]

Educational history

The Bierley National School was built in 1870, Lorne Street School in 1874 and Dudley Hill School in 1878.[1]


Dudley Hill has a police station,[7] call centre, post office and a medical centre. There is also a wide range of independent shops, a pub,[8] Iceland, Wynsors World of Shoes, Poundstretcher, Pet City, Superdrug, a Gala Bingo, and a range of takeaways.

The only listed building in Dudley Hill is the Grade II listed former Dudley Hill Picture Palace.[6][9]


Dudley Hill First School[10] and a high school situated on Tong Street.


The Bradford Dudley Hill Rugby League Club is on Lower Lane.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Dudley Hill Local History Group; Ed: Gina Bridgeland. Dudley Hill: Memories of a Bygone Age.
  2. ^ Eccleshill Local History Group (January 1990). Memories of Eccleshill. Department of External Studies, University of Leeds.
  3. ^ a b Gould, Peter. "General History: The Trolleybus in Britain 1911-1972". Local Transport History. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Community Info Provided by Bradford Online". Bradford online. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  5. ^ Sutton, Colin (2004). "Bradford - Dudley Hill Picture Palace History". Bradford Timelines. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b Historic England. "Former Dudley Hill Picture Palace (1431458)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ "West Yorkshire Police, Dudley Hill Centre". Addresses and Postcodes. Retrieved 29 July 2016.; "Dudley Hill Police Station - Dudley Hill Centre, Harry Street, Bradford". 118118. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Pubs in Dudley Hill". Pubs Galore. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Former Dudley Hill Picture Palace". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Dudley Hill First School". EduBase. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Bradford Dudley Hill RLFC". Pitchero. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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