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Shipley is a town in West Yorkshire, Englandmarker, by the River Airemarker and the Leeds and Liverpool Canalmarker, north of Bradfordmarker and north-west of Leedsmarker.

It is within the City and Metropolitan Borough of Bradfordmarker but is outside Bradford itself (it was also outside the pre-1974 Bradford county borough boundaries, forming an urban district in its own right), although the town forms a continuous urban area with Bradford. It has a population of approximately 28,162.


In Shipley is a World Heritage Site: the village of Saltairemarker, which was planned by the industrialist Sir Titus Salt to house the workforce at his mill. Salt built the mill beside the Leeds and Liverpool Canalmarker for the manufacture of alpaca and woollen cloth. Salts Millmarker is no longer used for textile production, but now contains the 1853 Gallery, dedicated to the work of David Hockney, along with a variety of shops, restaurants and local businesses, including Pace Micro Technology.

St Pauls, Shipley.
Looking over Shipley.

To the north of Shipley, across the River Airemarker, is a wooded ridge called Shipley Glen (the word "glen" referring to the little valley beneath the ridge). This has long been a popular beauty spot, and in 1895 the Shipley Glen Tramwaymarker was built to carry visitors up to the top. The tramway has weathered periods of neglect and even closure, but at present (2008) it runs most weekends, staffed by volunteers.


Shipley railway stationmarker serves the town, and has an unusual triangular layout, corresponding to the Skipton to Leeds line, the Leeds to Bradford (Forster Square) line, and the Bradford to Skipton/Ilkley lines. There are also railway stations in the suburbs of Saltairemarker and Baildonmarker. There is also a small bus station in Shipley Market Place.

Notable residents

Oscar-winning film director, Tony Richardson was born in Shipley. He was married to Vanessa Redgrave, with whom he had two daughters - Natasha Richardson & Joely Richardson.

Englandmarker spin bowler Jim Laker is from Shipley. He still holds the world record for the number of wickets taken by one player in a first-class cricket match - 19 out of a possible 20 (Old Traffordmarker 1956, vs Australia). A residential street in the Moorhead district of Shipley has been named Jim Laker Place, in his memory.

TV actor Steven Hartley comes from Shipley.

Actor Bryan Mosley (Alf Roberts in Coronation Streetmarker) lived in Shipley for many years until his death.

Sheila Ravenscroft, wife of the late BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, was born in Shipley.

Richard Corbett, the Labour MEP, lives in Saltaire, as does Liberal Democrat peer Lord Wallace of Saltaire.

Steve Huison, who appeared in the final episode of The Royle Family, as well as one of the highest-grossing British films in history, 1997's The Full Monty, lives in Shipley.

2007 BRC Stars of the Future Rally Champion Luke Pinder is from Shipley.

Shipley today

Shipley Market Place
Shipley market hall
The town today is typical of many of its size. It has one major supermarket, an Asda in the town centre as well as budget supermarkets and convenience shops around the town. The town has a market hall known for its 1960s brutalist architectural design, in particularly its clock tower. There is also a pedestrianised market square, an Arndale Centre and many other shops. Notable retailers include Argos, Boots the Chemist and until recently, Woolworths. There is also a small shopping precinct linking the market square with Asda, which has its own multi-storey car park. The town is known to be busy as it is the main route for traffic between Bradford and the towns of Bingleymarker, Keighleymarker and Skiptonmarker.


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