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Silsden is a town and civil parish situated in West Yorkshire, Englandmarker. It lies on the northern slope of the Airemarker river valley between Keighleymarker and Skiptonmarker. It is about from the river. Along the lower edge of the town is the Leeds and Liverpool Canalmarker. The town has a population of 7,999.

History

Silsden was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book (Siglesdene) as the most important village in Craven.

Generally an agricultural area, industry came with the canal and the Industrial Revolution. The town hosted a number of mills none of which now operate in their original form. There is still industry in the town, some in old mill buildings and some in a new industrial estate between the town and the river. The town retains some manufacturing.

In 1998 a hoard of 27 gold coins dating back to the 1st century AD were found in the town and subsequently valued at £20,000 by experts appointed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

The Guinness Book of World Records says that the biggest onion ever was grown by Vincent Throup in Silsden, England, at

Transport

While Silsden does not have its own railway station, there is a station 1.6 km from the village in nearby Steetonmarker. Even so the station is well patronised by Silsden residents as it serves the cities of Leedsmarker and Bradfordmarker. With modern electric trains it is well used by commuters. In deference to Steeton's larger neighbour the official name of the station is Steeton and Silsdenmarker.

Lying between Keighleymarker and Ilkleymarker Silsden is well served by buses to both of these towns. Silsden's public transport benefits from Silsden being part of West Yorkshire rather than North Yorkshire the border of which runs along one end of the village.

Administration and democracy

Silsden has been administered by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Councilmarker since 1974. It also has its own town council.

Personalities

Silsden has been the home of a number of personalities over the years.The Lampkin family settled in the town after World War II and Arthur, Martin and his son Douglas "Dougie" Lampkin were champions in Motorcycle trials. Martin and Douglas Lampkin were world Motorcycle trials champions.

Henry Price, the Fifty Shilling Tailors started his first shop in Silsden. With this fortune the now Sir Henry Price bought Wakehurst Place which is now owned by the National Trust.

Television

On April 27 1995, a one-off anthology supernatural drama, titled Chiller, aired in which episode 6, titled "number 6" featured Silsden. Silsden was featured almost for the entire one-hour episode, from locations all across the town. Details of the series can be found here and here.

Bonapartes Restaurant, located on Kirkgate, was the subject of the first-ever episode of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares in 2004. After the show aired, Bonapartes' owner Sue Ray threatened to take legal action against Ramsay, Channel 4 and the programme makers, Optomen, after claiming that the show put her £400,000 in debt. Christine Hall, producer of Kitchen Nightmares, refused to accept the blame, stating Ray only had herself to blame. The programme revisited the restaurant in the second series, but Ray would only talk to Ramsay off-camera.

In June 2006, Ramsay won a High Courtmarker case against the London Evening Standard, which had alleged, after reports from Ray, that scenes and the general condition of Bonapartes had been faked. Ramsay was awarded £75,000 plus costs. Ramsay said at the time: "I won't let people write anything they want to about me. We have never done anything in a cynical, fake way."

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