Shelf, West Yorkshire

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St Michael and All Angels Church, Shelf - - 1284739.jpg
St. Michael and All Angels Church
Shelf is located in West Yorkshire
Shelf shown within West Yorkshire
Population 11,618 (Ward.Northowram and Shelf. 2011)
OS grid reference SE125285
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HALIFAX
Postcode district HX3
Dialling code 01274 6 and 01422 2
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
53°45′10″N 1°48′43″W / 53.752719°N 1.811911°W / 53.752719; -1.811911Coordinates: 53°45′10″N 1°48′43″W / 53.752719°N 1.811911°W / 53.752719; -1.811911

Shelf is a village in West Yorkshire, England. The village is situated halfway between Bradford and Halifax[1]. In 2001 it had a population of 4,496.[2] At the 2011 Census Shelf was measured as part of the Calderdale ward of Northowram and Shelf.


In the Domesday Book the village is called "Scelf."[3][4]

From 1937 to 1974, Shelf formed part of Queensbury and Shelf, an urban district in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Queensbury and Shelf consisted of Queensbury and Shelf.[5] Queensbury and Shelf was split in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, with the Shelf part going to the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale, and the rest going to the Metropolitan Borough of Bradford.

Shelf is a village which was affected by the Industrial Revolution and retains mill buildings along with other artifacts including a stone or granite horse trough and a stone chair milestone originally erected in 1737 which gave rise to the local area being named Stone Chair, Shelf.

Shelf village centre has many shops and facilities such as a bakery and pharmacy. There is a local supermarket managed by the Lidl group. The village has a church, St. Michael and All Angels Church.

The village is on the route of the Calderdale Way. This is a 50 miles (80 km) circular walk around the hills and valleys of Calderdale.[6]

Notable residents[edit]

Much-travelled footballer Frank Worthington was born in the village, as were Linda Barker and Blue Peter presenter John Noakes.[7]


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  2. ^ "Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  3. ^ Archives, The National. "The Discovery Service". Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Darby, H. C.; Versey, G. R. (11 September 2008). "Domesday Gazetteer". Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 29 May 2017 – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ "Queensbury and Shelf UD West Riding through time". Vision of Britain. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "CREW Heart Support Group Serving Calderdale, West Yorkshire". Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "BBC — I Love Blue Peter — John Noakes presenter biography". Retrieved 29 May 2017. 

External links[edit]

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