Burley in Wharfedale
Burley-in-Wharfedale shown within West Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|Metropolitan borough||City of Bradford|
|Metropolitan county||West Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Burley-in-Wharfedale, is a village in the county of West Yorkshire, England. Along with Menston, Burley is part of Wharfedale Ward in the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford. It lies on the A65, approximately fourteen miles north-west of the centre of Leeds and nine miles north of Bradford. Burley is approximately 2.8 miles from the renowned spa town of Ilkley and 2 miles from the old market town of Otley. Burley has a railway station on the Wharfedale line, with direct trains to Leeds, Bradford and Ilkley. It has a population of 5,865.
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 the cotton mills known as Greenholme Mills, which were powered from a goit fed from the River Wharfe.
The development of industrial and commercial centres in the nearby cities of Leeds and Bradford, combined with rail and bus links, prompted 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.
Developments in the second half of the twentieth century have seen Burley become a prosperous but socially diverse village. The village has a high percentage of elderly and retired people, as well as many young families attracted by job opportunities, local schools and new housing developments.
Whilst the cotton mill no longer operates, the village retains a range of local businesses.
Burley has a range of public buildings, such as 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 village green. The recently redeveloped village green features a central water feature.
Power to the mill was provided via a goit to take river from the River Wharfe and this has recently been utilised to provide Hydro electric power. A large weir remains and there are stepping stones across the river linking footpaths from each bank. An internet campaign is pressing for the stepping stones to be restored.
Burley Woodhead was also the home of the late Richard Whiteley, a popular television celebrity, until his death in 2005. It may also 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.
- "Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
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