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Thornbury, Bradford

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Thornbury Roundabout, Thornbury
Thornbury is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE185336
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBD3
Dialling code01274
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
List of places
53°47′53″N 1°42′40″W / 53.798°N 1.711°W / 53.798; -1.711

Thornbury is a district on the eastern edge of Bradford, in West Yorkshire, England on the border with the City of Leeds and located in the Bradford Moor ward and in the Bradford East parliamentary constituency. Thornbury is contiguous with Pudsey – part of the City of Leeds conurbation and borders Laisterdyke, and Fagley (Eccleshill Ward).


Former Thornbury tramsheds now demolished
Former Thornbury tramsheds now demolished

Thornbury was originally a distinct village but became part of Bradford in 1882.[1]

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Thornbury was the seat of various enterprises, namely in mechanical engineering[2] and textile manufacturing.[3][4] On Leeds Road there were some large former tramsheds and former bus depot[5][6] dating from when Bradford had its own tram, bus and trolleybus services. Bradford Corporation Trams had their own works in Thornbury where over 150 tram cars were built.[5]

Buffalo Bill staged a performance of his Wild West Show in Thornbury when touring England in 1903.[7]

The Kozey Picture Hall was converted from a boxing stadium and gymnasium operating as a cinema from 1912 on Leeds Old Road [8] The cinema closed in 1920 principally due to competition from the larger Lyceum Cinema opening in 1919 in nearby Laisterdyke and became a weaving shed.[8]


The Leeds Bradford Odeon multiplex cinema, Gallagher Leisure Park, Thornbury, Bradford.
The Leeds Bradford Odeon multiplex cinema, Gallagher Leisure Park, Thornbury, Bradford.

On Gain Lane are British Bakeries' Bradford bakeries and the headquarters of Wm Morrison Supermarkets[9]

Off Leeds Old Road in the Woodhall Retail Centre are supermarkets and the Thornbury Medical Centre. On Leeds Old Road is the Thornbury Centre, a conference centre, library and church opened in March 1999, built on the site of the demolished St. Margaret's Church with £1.19 million funding from the Millennium Commission.[10][11] There is only one working public house remaining in Thornbury.[12]

St. Margarets Church and the Thornbury Centre, Leeds Old Road
St. Margarets Church and the Thornbury Centre, Leeds Old Road

On Dick Lane in the Gallagher Leisure Park is the Odeon Leeds-Bradford a 13 screen multiplex cinema.[8]


On the edge of old Thornbury village is Laisterdyke Leadership Academy. Thornbury has a public lending library in the Thornbury Centre on Leeds Old Road.[13]


The main roads through the area are the A647 Leeds Road, the B6381 Leeds Old Road, Gain Lane and Dick Lane. Leeds Road, Leeds Old Road, and Dick Lane meet at Thornbury roundabout, the biggest roundabout in Yorkshire,[14] where Leeds Road, Gipsy Street, and Dick Lane encircle a roughly triangular green space.

New Pudsey 1 mile (1.6 km) east is the nearest railway station.

Thornbury is served by First Bradford's 72, 508, 611/X11, 660, 711, 714, X6, M and MORR services.[15]


To the east of Thornbury is the Phoenix Park Golf Course.[16]

Notable people

The poet and novelist Joolz Denby lives in Thornbury.

See also


  1. ^ "History of Bradford, Yorkshire – 1850 to 1899". Bradford Timeline. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Crofts (Engineers)". Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  3. ^ "John Sharp and Co". Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Benjamin Dobson (Bradford)". Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Bradford Corporation Transport: 1898–1974". Local Transport Histories. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Former tramshed, Thornbury". Geograph. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  7. ^ Greenhalf, Jim (23 April 1999). "How Bill Tamed the Wild West". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  8. ^ a b c Sutton, Colin (2003). "Bradford - Cinemas of Laisterdyke". Bradford Timeline. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Company history". Morrisons. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  10. ^ "The Thornbury Centre". The Thornbury Centre. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Millennium Commission announces £1.19 million to Thornbury Centre in Bradford" (PDF). Millennium Commission. 17 December 1996. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  12. ^ "Pubs in Thornbury". Pubs Galore. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Thornbury Library". Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  14. ^ Wainwright, Martin (18 October 2002). "Bradford plans angel of the not-so-far north". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  15. ^ "Bradford". FirstGroup. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Bradford Golf Courses". UK Golf Course Guide. Archived from the original on 24 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2010.

External links

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