Shelley, West Yorkshire

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Shelley is a village in the civil parish of Kirkburton in the county of West Yorkshire, England. The village is 3 miles (5 km) north of Holmfirth and 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Huddersfield.


Shelley, sometimes known as Shelley Woodhouse, had a population of 3,059 according to the 2001 census.[1]

Emmanuel Church, Shelley. Designed by Henry Mallinson and William Swinden Barber 1865–1869

The village is part of the Kirkburton ward of the local council. Road transport links are the A629 and B6116 roads.

Within the village is Shelley Hall, which dates to the 17th century, and is a Grade II* listed building.[2]

Shelley has two places of worship. Shelley Methodist Church, off Far Bank at the west of the village, is a Grade II listed building dating to 1785–6, originally a Methodist New Connexion chapel.[3][4] The Church of England's Gothic Revival Church of Emmanuel is on Huddersfield Road at the east of the village.[5] The church, built in 1868, is a Grade II listed building.[6] A United Reformed Church on Water Lane is today closed.

The village has three public houses, The Rising Sun, The Flying Ferret (formerly Oddfellows) and Shelley Sports and Social Club. The Emley Moor TV mast is northeast from the village.

Shelley won the Calor Yorkshire and Northern Village of the Year award in 2004,[7][8] following winning the earlier round for 'Yorkshire's small village of the year' promoted by the Yorkshire Rural Community Council.[9]

Barncliffe Mill at Brookhouse, former home to Shelley Textiles, became the headquarters for Whitley Willows Ltd after the closure of the Lepton mill.[10]


Shelley has a primary school which teaches children from Reception to Year 5. Next to the school in a prefabricated building is a pre-school and out-of-school club.

Shelley College is within the parish at the east and at the border with the parish of Denby Dale. It teaches pupils who live in both the Kirkburton and Denby Dale wards with pupils mainly from the neighbouring middle schools at Kirkburton and Scissett. It was originally Shelley High School, changing to Shelley College when it attained specialist status in science.


  1. ^ Census statistics
  2. ^ Historic England. "Shelley Hall  (Grade II*) (1313319)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Shelley Methodist Church  (Grade II) (1183949)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  4. ^ Shelley Methodist Church. Retrieved 1 December 2018
  5. ^ A Church Near You: "Emanuel" Church of England. Retrieved 1 December 2018
  6. ^ Historic England. "Church of Emmanuel  (Grade II) (1135365)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  7. ^ Berry, Chris; "The village with plenty of welly ...", The Yorkshire Post, 2 April 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2018
  8. ^ Himelfield, David, "Artwork captures the spirit of village", Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 12 August 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2018
  9. ^ "Shelley is top village", Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 20 July 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2018
  10. ^ "End of an era as firm leaves mill", Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 7 November 2001. Retrieved 1 December 2018

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Coordinates: 53°35′46″N 1°41′20″W / 53.596°N 1.689°W / 53.596; -1.689