Burley-in-Wharfedale, is a
village in the county of West Yorkshire, England.
Menston, Burley is part of Wharfedale Ward in the metropolitan
borough of the City of Bradford (though it has a Leeds
postcode). It lies on the A65,
approximately fourteen miles north-west of the centre of Leeds, between
Otley and Ilkley.
a railway station on the Wharfedale
line, with direct trains to Leeds, Bradford and Ilkley.
has a population of 5,865.
Despite the great transport links to local urban
areas Burley in Wharfedale retains its
rural feel and setting in the green Wharfedale
village is adjoined by Burley Woodhead, a small cluster of farms and prestigious homes at
the foot of Burley Moor.
a small agricultural community with
likely Roman and Anglo-Saxon roots, Burley developed in the late
18th and 19th centuries into an industrial village with many residents
employed at the cotton mills known as
Greenholme Mills, which were
powered from a goit fed from the
The development of industrial and commercial centres in the nearby
cities of Leeds and Bradford, combined with rail and bus links,
prompted major changes to the village in the early 20th Century.
was built in the 1920s
and 1950s, as the village became a dormitory settlement for the two
Developments in the second half of the twentieth century have seen
Burley become a prosperous but socially diverse village. The
village has a high percentage of elderly and retired people , as
well as many young families attracted by job opportunities, local
and new housing developments.
Whilst the cotton mill no longer operates, the village retains a
strong range of local businesses and a strong community
In 2006, following a petition to the local authority
and permission from the
Secretary of State
, Burley gained
its own Parish
The village has two state primary
, Burley and Woodhead Primary School and Burley Oaks
Primary School, along with Ghyll Royd
, a private
It also has an Anglican Church
United Reformed Church
and a Catholic Church
It benefits from a range of public buildings, such as the Queens'
Hall, originally built as a lecture
for mill workers. Recent work by community groups has
resulted in developments including a new nature reserve
and village green
Burley Woodhead was also the home of the late Richard Whiteley
, a popular television
celebrity, until his death in 2005.
Traditional 18th and 19th century
stone terraced housing in the village centre
New Housing Development in Burley,