Silsden Town Hall
Silsden shown within West Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|- London||180 mi (290 km) SE|
|Metropolitan borough||City of Bradford|
|Metropolitan county||West Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Silsden is a town and civil parish situated in West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the northern slope of the Aire Valley between Keighley and Skipton. It is about 0.6 miles (1 km) from the river. Along the lower edge of the town is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The town has a population of 7,999.
Generally an agricultural area, industry came with the canal and the Industrial Revolution. The town hosted a number of mills none of which now operate in their original form. There is still industry in the town, some in old mill buildings and some in a new industrial estate between the town and the river. The town retains some manufacturing.
In 1911 there was a riot in Silsden when the police station was attacked. A very unpopular policeman had been too enthusiastic in his duties. Questions were raised in the House of Commons and it was reported in the national press. The policeman was removed from the town and no more trouble occurred.
During the 1940s a hostel was built off Howden Road, (now a housing estate) The hostel housed refugees and PoW from various countries and various camps. A plaque to commemorate this is located at the bottom of Ings way, at the entrance to the housing estate
Silsden has been administered by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council since 1974. It also has its own town council.
Silsden has four public houses: the Robin Hood, the Red Lion, the Punch Bowl, and the King's Arms. There are three members' clubs: Sunnybank Social Club, Cobbydale Social Club, and the Conservative Club.
Whilst Silsden does not have its own railway station, the Steeton and Silsden railway station is 1 mile (1.6 km) south in the village of Steeton. The station provides a link for commuters to the cities of Leeds and Bradford.
Lying between Keighley and Ilkley, Silsden is served by buses to both these towns. Silsden's public transport benefits from Silsden being part of West Yorkshire rather than North Yorkshire, the border of which runs along one end of the town.
The Lampkin family lived at Silsden during the Second World War. Lampkin brothers Arthur, Martin and Alan were, later, national motorcycle trials champions. Martin Lampkin won the 1975 FIM Trial World Championship and his son, Douglas "Dougie" Lampkin, is a twelve-time trials world champion.
Henry Price started his first Fifty Shilling Tailors shop in Silsden. With this fortune, the now Sir Henry Price, bought Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex, which is now owned by the National Trust.
Margaret Wintringham, née Longbottom, was a British Liberal Party politician. She was the second woman take her seat in the House of Commons and lived in Silsden when her father was the head teacher at Bolton Road School.
On 27 April 1995, a one-off anthology supernatural drama, titled Chiller, aired in which episode 6, titled "number 6" featured Silsden. Silsden was featured for almost the entire one-hour episode, using locations across the town.
Bonaparte's Restaurant, on Kirkgate, was the subject of the first-ever episode of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares in 2004. After the show aired, Bonaparte's owner Sue Ray threatened to take legal action against Ramsay, Channel 4 and the programme makers, Optomen, after claiming that the show put her £400,000 in debt. Christine Hall, producer of Kitchen Nightmares, refused to accept the blame, stating Ray only had herself to blame. The programme revisited the restaurant in the second series, but Ray would only talk to Ramsay off-camera.
In June 2006, Ramsay won a High Court case against the London Evening Standard, which had alleged, after reports from Ray, that scenes and the general condition of Bonaparte's had been faked. Ramsay was awarded £75,000 plus costs. Ramsay said at the time: "I won't let people write anything they want to about me. We have never done anything in a cynical, fake way."
In July 2007, the butchers and shoe shop located on Bradley Road were used in an episode of ITV's The Royal.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Bradford Retrieved 1 September 2009
- Daily Mirror 10 April 1911 "Mob attack police station"
- The Silsden Hoard
- "Craven". 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "Arthur Lampkin Sr. obituary". yorkshirepost.co.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
- Competition Commission Report: United Drapers Stores
- "Ramsay's nightmare put me out of business" - TimesOnline
- "Chef Ramsay wins £75,000 damages". BBC News. 20 June 2006.
- Silsden.net - Local resource
- Silsden at DMOZ
- silsdencc.co.uk - Silsden Cricket Club website
- silsdenafc.net - Silsden AFC website.
- silsdenwhitestar.co.uk - Silsden Whitestars website