St Wilfrid's (C.of E.) parish church, Calverley
|Population||22,594 (Ward. Calverley and Farsley. 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||170 mi (270 km) SSE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Calverley is a village in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England, on the A657 road, about ten miles (16 km) from Leeds city centre and four miles (7 km) from Bradford. The population of Calverley in 2011 was 4,328. It is part of the City of Leeds ward Calverley and Farsley, with a population of 22,594 at the 2011 Census.
In the 1086 Domesday Book, Calverley is listed as "Caverleia". Historically, Calverley was a parish in the district of Bradford and the Morley wapentake, but was incorporated into the municipal borough of Pudsey in 1937, of which it remained a part until its abolition in 1974.
Calverley is a rural village with a medieval manor house, Calverley Old Hall, which dates back to the 14th century and was home to the Calverley family. In 1605 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.
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. The Methodist church beside Victoria Park opened in 1872. Both churches are Grade II listed buildings.
Calverley Cutting, a straight road which was intended to replace the old winding packhorse way through the woods between Carr Road in Calverley and Apperley Bridge, was cut through the local sandstone rock by 1856. It was meant to be part of a scheme to develop the area for luxurious residential purposes which, however, failed. Local residents objected to the closure of the old route because the new road proved to be very steep.
Sports and recreation
The recreation ground in Victoria Park is home to Calverley St Wilfrid's Cricket Club. 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.
- Alfred Blunt, former Bishop of Bradford, is buried in the parish churchyard
- Frederick William Faber, priest, theologian and hymnographer
- Sir Percival Hartley, biochemist
- Charles Smith, cricketer
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