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For the surname, see Calverley (surname).
St Wilfrid's (C.of E.) parish church, Calverley
Calverley is located in West Yorkshire
Calverley shown within West Yorkshire
Population 22,594 (Ward. Calverley and Farsley. 2011)
OS grid reference SE209368
• London 170 mi (270 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PUDSEY
Postcode district LS28
Dialling code 0113
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
YorkshireCoordinates: 53°49′36″N 1°41′27″W / 53.8266°N 1.6908°W / 53.8266; -1.6908

Calverley is a village in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England, on the A657 road, midway between Leeds city centre and Bradford. The population of Calverley in 2011 was 4,328.[1] The appropriate City of Leeds ward was called Calverley and Farsley with a population at the 2011 Census of 22,594.[2]


In the 1086 Domesday Book, Calverley is listed as "Caverleia".[3]

Calverley is a rural village with a medieval manor house, Calverley Old Hall which was home to the Calverley family. Houses in the village are mostly constructed of sandstone, darkened by the soot of the Industrial Revolution, though there are brick buildings to the south of the original village. The Anglican parish church St Wilfrid's has parts dating from the 11th or 12th century. The tower was added and increased in the 13th to 15th century.[4] There is a Methodist church dating from 1872, beside Victoria Park, a recreation ground which is home to Calverley St Wilfrid's Cricket Club.[5] Both churches are Grade II listed buildings.[6] There are two golf courses to the south of the village, Woodhall Hills (established 1905) off Woodhall Road, and Calverley Golf Club off Woodhall Lane.

In 1604 the landowner, Walter Calverley, went insane and murdered some of his children in Calverley Hall. He refused to plead and was ordered to be pressed to death, a method used to try to force a confession. He died without confessing his crime in order to ensure that his estate was not taken from his remaining family.[7]


The village was part of the Municipal Borough of Pudsey alongside Farsley until 1974, though for centuries previously both Pudsey and Farsley were part of the Calverley parish.[8]

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  1. ^ Census 2011 Output Areas E00058402-E00058405 and E00048441-E00058450
  2. ^ "City of Leeds ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Place: Calverley". Open Domesday. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Calverley Today David Weldrake (20 December 2007) Calverley Village History
  5. ^ Calverley St Wilfrid's Cricket Club Archived 19 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Claverley Today Faith
  7. ^ The History of Calverley
  8. ^ Calverley Parish past boundaries

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Media related to Calverley, West Yorkshire at Wikimedia Commons