Laisterdyke is an area of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, situated to the east of the city on the border with City of Leeds and located in the Bradford Moor ward and in the Bradford East parliamentary constituency. Laisterdyke borders Barkerend, Bradford Moor area, Thornbury, Tyersal, and Bowling.
The Leeds-Bradford railway line passes through Laisterdyke however Laisterdyke railway station itself was closed to passengers in 1966. At Laisterdyke was a complex set of junctions controlled by Laisterdyke East and Laisterdyke West signal boxes on the Leeds-Bradford line.
In 1875, the Great Northern Railway opened its Laisterdyke - Shipley branch railway, a six-mile double track branch line from Quarry Gap junction to Shipley and Windhill railway station, passing Eccleshill, Idle and Thackley railway stations however the line was not competitive and after 1931 was made single line freight only, and progressively closed from 1966 to 1968.
Many years ago the Laisterdyke area had a number of small cinemas, namely the Kozey Picture Hall, Lyceum Picture House, Queen's Hall and Tivoli Picture Hall. In 1919 the 1118 seat, stone built Lyceum Picture House was constructed on Bradford Lane. Western Electric sound was installed in 1930 and in 1953 Bradford's first widescreen was installed and seating reduced. The cinema closed in 1962 reopening as Lyceum Bingo, Cabaret and Social Club and variously a cabaret bar, and snooker bar. Today there is only one cinema in the locality, the Odeon Leeds-Bradford, a 13 screen multiplex cinema in the Gallagher Leisure Park off Dick Lane, in nearby Thornbury.
Laisterdyke local history group publish a number of books on the history of Laisterdyke.
There are a number of restaurants and public houses in the area including The Swaine Green and Lyceum Bar. Local industry includes a manufacturer of air compressors, air tools and pneumatic equipment, a training centre, an engineering works, a gas distribution depot, and a vehicle dismantlers and scrap yard.
Laisterdyke Leadership Academy is located in Thornbury Road, and is the first school in Bradford to be given Business and Enterprise specialist college status. Laisterdyke has a public lending library located off Leeds Road.
The main roads through the area are the A647 Leeds Road, the A6177 Killinghall Road, Laisterdyke Lane, and Sticker Lane and the B6381 Barkerend Road, Coach Row, and Leeds Old Road. Laisterdyke is served by West Yorkshire Metro's, Orange line 606 and 607 bus services.
Laisterdyke Cricket & Athletic Club have their cricket ground and club off Sticker Lane.
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