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Laisterdyke is located in West Yorkshire
Laisterdyke shown within West Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE1933
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRADFORD
Postcode district BD3 / BD4
Dialling code 01274
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
YorkshireCoordinates: 53°47′35″N 1°43′08″W / 53.793°N 1.719°W / 53.793; -1.719

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.


Bradford trolleybus in Laisterdyke (1971)

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.[1]

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.[2]

In 1911 Britain's first trolleybus service commenced operation between Laisterdyke and Dudley Hill.[3][4] The service stopped in 1972,[3] the last trolleybus service in the UK.

Many years ago the Laisterdyke area had a number of small cinemas, namely the Kozey Picture Hall, Lyceum Cinema, Queen's Hall and Tivoli Picture Hall.[5] 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.[6]

Laisterdyke local history group publish a number of books on the history of Laisterdyke.[7]


There are a number of restaurants and public houses in the area including The Swain Green. 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.


There are listed buildings in the area on Killinghall Road,[8] Mortimer Row,[9] and Parratt Row,[10] and St Peters Chaplaincy, stable and coach house.[11][12]


Laisterdyke Leadership Academy is located in Thornbury Road,[13] and is the first school in Bradford to be given Business and Enterprise specialist college status.[14] Laisterdyke has a public lending library located off Leeds Road.[15][16]


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.[17]


Laisterdyke Cricket & Athletic Club have their cricket ground and club off Sticker Lane.[18]

Notable residents[edit]

The wrestler Les Kellett was born in Laisterdyke.[19]


  1. ^ "Railway pages". John's web pages. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Railway Ramblers Bradford". Lost Railways of West Yorkshire. Retrieved 4 March 2010. ; Armour, Chris. "Thackley Station". Subterranea Britannica. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Gould, Peter. "General History: The Trolleybus in Britain 1911-1972". Local Transport History. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Community Info Provided by Bradford Online". Bradford online. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Sutton, Colin (April 2003). "Cinemas of Laisterdyke". A History of Bradford Cinemas on Bradford Timeline. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Odeon Leeds-Bradford - Bradford, West Yorkshire". Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Laisterdyke Local History Group". Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Sunday School". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "2-34, Mortimer Row". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "3-25, Parratt Row". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "St Peters Chaplaincy". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Stable Block and Coach House in Yard to Rear of St Peters Chaplaincy". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College". City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Retrieved 15 December 2009. [dead link]; Law, Joan. "About the college". Laisterdyke Business+Enterprise College. Retrieved 15 December 2009. ;[dead link] "Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College". School Index. Retrieved 15 December 2009. ; "Laisterdyke Business And Enterprise College Bradford". Schools Net. Retrieved 15 December 2009. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Laisterdyke Business & Enterprise College.pdf" (PDF). Enterprising Yorkshire. July 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "Library & Information Services, Laisterdyke Library". Bradford Metropolitan District Council. 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "Laisterdyke Library". lib - web - cats. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  17. ^ "Bus timetables: Services 600 to 699". Metro. Retrieved 2 March 2010. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Laisterdyke Cricket Club". Play-Cricket. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  19. ^ "Farewell to Lord of the Ring". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. 11 January 2002. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 

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