Cross Roads, West Yorkshire

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Cross Roads
Halifax Road - Cross Roads - - 1280218.jpg
Looking south with the A629 between the two buildings
Cross Roads is located in West Yorkshire
Cross Roads
Cross Roads
Location within West Yorkshire
Population3,500 [1]
OS grid referenceSE0463782
• London180 mi (290 km) SSE
Civil parish
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBD22
Dialling code01535
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°50′12″N 1°55′51″W / 53.836625°N 1.930765°W / 53.836625; -1.930765Coordinates: 53°50′12″N 1°55′51″W / 53.836625°N 1.930765°W / 53.836625; -1.930765

Cross Roads with Lees or Cross Roads cum Lees is a village in the Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury civil parish within the City of Bradford Metropolitan District, West Yorkshire, England.[2][3] Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it lies less than 1 mile from Haworth, approximately 2.5 miles from Keighley and approximately 9 miles from Bradford.


Cross Roads is named after the crossroads junction which leads in the directions of Haworth, Keighley and Denholme.

The village of Cross Roads with Lees is not necessarily a village, but is a collection of small hamlets which are today regarded collectively as a village. Within the village boundaries are 'Lees', 'Barcroft', 'Bocking', 'Bingley Road' and 'Cross Roads'.[4]

Halifax Road which runs through the village, is part of the A629 road.


Since 1974, Cross Roads has been represented within the Worth Valley Ward of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

From 1895 until 1938, Cross Roads was part of Haworth Urban District Council.[5] Following abolishment of Haworth Urban District Council in 1938, Cross Roads joined Haworth in Keighley Borough Council.[6] Cross Roads remained within Keighley Borough Council until changes caused by the Local Government Act in 1974 resulted in the abolishment of Keighley Borough Council with Cross Roads and all other areas previously within Keighley Borough Council being transferred into Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Since 1974, Cross Roads has been represented within the Worth Valley Ward of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.[6]

Since its formation in 1999, Cross Roads has been represented within the civil parish of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council.[7]

The village is represented in the Keighley Constituency of UK Parliament.


Lees Primary School is within the village and teaches children between the ages of 4 and 11.[8]

The closest secondary schools are Parkside School in Cullingworth and Oakbank School near Keighley. Both secondary schools are within 2.5 miles of the village.


In comparison with many nearby villages, Cross Roads can be considered well served by the local bus company in terms of the volume of services and the amount of different destinations. This owes to the fact that the village lies in between many other large settlements.

There are frequent buses towards Keighley, Haworth, Oakworth, Stanbury, Hebden Bridge and Bradford operated by Keighley Bus Company.

While steam trains running along the heritage Keighley & Worth Valley Railway can be seen from the village, the closest station to Cross Roads with Lees to catch a train is situated less than 1 mile away at Haworth Railway Station.

The closest regular train service providing links towards Skipton, Bradford and Leeds is Keighley station which is approximately 3 miles from the village.


In history there have been football teams and cricket teams in the village. Today, only Cross Roads Bowling Club continue to exist and they play their matches on the bowling green in Cross Roads Park.[9]

Religious sites[edit]

The village has three places of worship. There is St. James C of E Church [10] and Lees Methodist Church[11] in the Lees area. There is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Bocking area.

Local amenities[edit]

Cross Roads Park is an area with facilities used by families and dog walkers. As of 2016, it is currently in the process of redevelopment.

The Cross Roads Inn is situated at the crossroads junction. This pub plays a significant part in history due to this supposedly being a haunt of Branwell Brontë who was the only brother to the Brontë Sisters.[12]

There are also two other pubs in the village with the Bronte Hotel in the Lees area and The 3 Acres in the Lees Moor area. Both of these pubs focus on a food menu as well as drinks. There is also the Bocking Working Mens Club in the Bocking area of the village.

Across the village there are many different shops offering different convenient services.

Notable people[edit]

  • Joseph Hardaker, (1790), Poet born in Lees who had 3 volumes of verse published with a science fiction theme.[13]
  • Halliwell Sutcliffe, (1870-1932), Author who was brought up in the village.[13] He wrote many popular novels, most of which were historical romances set in the Yorkshire Dales.[14]


  1. ^ "Parish of: Cross Roads-cum-Lees: St James" (PDF). West Yorkshire and The Dales. p. 2. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 104 Leeds & Bradford (Harrogate & Ilkley) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319231654.
  3. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Haworth History - Cross Roads". Haworth History. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Haworth History - Haworth Urban District Council 1895 - 1900". Haworth Village. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Haworth History - Haworth Local Council 1851 - 2000". Haworth Village. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Haworth History - Haworth Local Board of Health". Haworth village. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Lees Primary School". Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Cross Roads Crown Green Bowling Club". Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Cross Roads-cum-Lees: St James, Cross Roads". A church near you. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Lees Methodist Church". airedalemethodists. Archived from the original on 4 December 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
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