Thornbury, West Yorkshire

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Thornbury, West Yorkshire
Thornbury Roundabout, Bradford - - 383014.jpg
Thornbury Roundabout, Thornbury
Thornbury, West Yorkshire is located in West Yorkshire
Thornbury, West Yorkshire
Thornbury, West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE185336
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBD3
Dialling code01274
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
List of places
53°47′53″N 1°42′40″W / 53.798°N 1.711°W / 53.798; -1.711Coordinates: 53°47′53″N 1°42′40″W / 53.798°N 1.711°W / 53.798; -1.711

Thornbury is a district on the eastern edge of Bradford, in West Yorkshire, England on the border with the City of Leeds and located in the Bradford Moor ward and in the Bradford East parliamentary constituency. Thornbury is contiguous with Pudsey – part of the City of Leeds conurbation and borders Laisterdyke, and Fagley (Eccleshill Ward).


Former Thornbury tramsheds now demolished

Thornbury was originally a distinct village but became part of Bradford in 1882.[1]

In Thornbury on Leeds Road there were some large former tramsheds and former bus depot[2][3] dating from when Bradford had its own tram, bus and trolleybus services. Bradford Corporation Trams had their own works in Thornbury where over 150 tram cars were built.[2]

Buffalo Bill staged a performance of his Wild West Show in Thornbury when touring England in 1903.[4]

The Kozey Picture Hall was converted from a boxing stadium and gymnasium operating as a cinema from 1912 on Leeds Old Road [5] The cinema closed in 1920 principally due to competition from the larger Lyceum Cinema opening in 1919 in nearby Laisterdyke and became a weaving shed.[5]


In the late 19th and early 20th century, Thornbury was the seat of various enterprises, namely in mechanical engineering[6] and textile manufacturing.[7][8]

The Leeds Bradford Odeon multiplex cinema, Gallagher Leisure Park, Thornbury, Bradford.

East of Dick Lane, but actually in Pudsey, is the Gallagher Leisure Park with the 13 screen multiplex cinema Odeon Leeds-Bradford,[5] the Aagrah restaurant, Esporta health club,[9] a Travelodge hotel and access to the Phoenix Park Golf Course.

St. Margarets Church and the Thornbury Centre

Off Leeds Old Road in the Woodhall Retail Centre are B&Q, Morrisons and Asda supermarkets and the Thornbury Medical Centre. Also on Leeds Old Road is the Thornbury Centre, a conference centre, library and church opened in March 1999, built on the site of the demolished St. Margaret's Church with £1.19 million funding from the Millennium Commission.[10][11]

On Gain Lane are British Bakeries' Bradford bakeries and the headquarters of Wm Morrison Supermarkets[12] and there is only one working public house remaining in Thornbury.[13] The busy 14-woman working brothel in Leeds Road, run by an ex-professional Hull City footballer, was forced to close by 2010 when he was ordered to repay some of the profits.[14]

The Territorial Army's Thornbury Barracks are actually in the Woodhall area of Pudsey.[15]



On the edge of old Thornbury village is Laisterdyke Leadership Academy. Thornbury has a public lending library in the Thornbury Centre on Leeds Old Road.[16]


The main roads through the area are the A647 Leeds Road, the B6381 Leeds Old Road, Gain Lane and Dick Lane. Leeds Road, Leeds Old Road, and Dick Lane meet at Thornbury roundabout, the biggest roundabout in Yorkshire,[17] where Leeds Road, Gipsy Street, and Dick Lane encircle a roughly triangular green space.

New Pudsey 1 mile (1.6 km) east is the nearest railway station.

Thornbury is served by First Bradford's 72, 508, 611/X11, 660, 711, 714, X6, M and MORR services.[18]


To the east of Thornbury is the Phoenix Park Golf Course.[19]

Notable people[edit]

The poet and novelist Joolz Denby lives in Thornbury.


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  2. ^ a b "Bradford Corporation Transport: 1898–1974". Local Transport Histories. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Former tramshed, Thornbury". Geograph. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  4. ^ Greenhalf, Jim (23 April 1999). "How Bill Tamed the Wild West". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  5. ^ a b c Sutton, Colin (2003). "Bradford - Cinemas of Laisterdyke". Bradford Timeline. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Crofts (Engineers)". Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  7. ^ "John Sharp and Co". Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Benjamin Dobson (Bradford)". Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Health Clubs / Gymnasiums in Bradford". Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  10. ^ "The Thornbury Centre". The Thornbury Centre. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Millennium Commission announces £1.19 million to Thornbury Centre in Bradford" (PDF). Millennium Commission. 17 December 1996. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  12. ^ "Company history". Morrisons. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  13. ^ "Pubs in Thornbury". Pubs Galore. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  14. ^ Wright, Steve (8 April 2010). "Former footballer must pay back £90,000 in illegal brothel earnings". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  15. ^ Leeds & Bradford AZ. Geographers' A-Z Map Co Ltd. 2006. p. 93.
  16. ^ "Thornbury Library". Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  17. ^ Wainwright, Martin (18 October 2002). "Bradford plans angel of the not-so-far north". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  18. ^ "Bradford". FirstGroup. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Bradford Golf Courses". UK Golf Course Guide. Archived from the original on 24 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2010.

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