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Queensbury, Bradford, West Yorkshire
Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Leeds, West Yorkshire


Queensbury is a village in the metropolitan borough of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Perched on a high vantage point above Clayton and Thornton and overlooking Bradford itself, Queensbury is one of the highest parishes in England, with fine views beyond the West Yorkshire conurbation to the hills of Bronte Country and the Yorkshire Dales to the north and north west.

Queensbury itself is most famous as being the home of Black Dyke Mills, and the Black Dyke Band.

Queensbury Ward (population 13,044 - 2001 UK census) is a Ward in Bradford Metropolitian District in the county of West Yorkshire, England, named after the village of Queensbury around which it is drawn. It includes the villages of Clayton Heights and Horton Bank Top as well as several hamlets: Ambler Thorne, Calder Banks, Catherine Slack, Hazel Hirst, Hunger Hill, Little Moor, Mountain, Old Dolphin, Scarlet Heights, Shibden Head and West Scholes.

© 2006 This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Queensbury

QUEENSBURY is a very special place, and that is a fact which few can dispute.

Think of Queensbury and three things immediately spring to mind.

The altitude followed by the weather, with the Black Dyke band perhaps its most enduring gift to the wider world.

Queensbury has much more to offer than those three elements of its makeup.

True that at 1100 feet above sea level, we can boast the highest high school in England, and add, with a hint of sarcasm that we 'look down' on most other towns and villages.

It is recorded that the parish church possesses the highest peal of bells in the British Isles.

The views from parts of Queensbury are outstanding and it is possible to see several counties from various points around the locality.

The mountains of Ingleborough and Great Whernside can often be clearly seen and at times the White Horse of Kilburn, about forty five miles to the North east can be seen with the naked eye.

Taken from Queensbury Community Website

Halifax

A metropolitan district in West Yorkshire, England. Its major settlement is Halifax.

The district is mostly rural and covers part of the Pennines, but there are some industrial towns in the east and some river valleys. Calderdale is named after the River Calder, which runs through it.

History
The district was formed on April 1, 1974 by the merger of the county borough of Halifax, the boroughs of Brighouse, Todmorden and the urban districts of Elland, Hebden Royd, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge, and part of Queensbury and Shelf urban district.

Places in Calderdale include:
  • Brighouse
  • Chiserley, Cornholme, Cragg Vale
  • Elland
  • Greetland
  • Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall, Holywell Green
  • Illingworth
  • Luddenden, Luddenden Foot
  • Midgeley, Mill Bank, Mixenden, Mount Tabor, Mytholm, Mytholmroyd
  • Ogden, Old Town, Ovenden
  • Pellon
  • Ripponden, Rishworth
  • Savile Park, Skircoat Green, Sowerby, Sowerby Bridge, Sowood Green, Stainland
  • Todmorden, Triangle
  • Wainstalls, Walsden, Warley Town, West Vale, Wholestone Hill
Visit: www.HalifaxTown.co.uk

Bradford

Bradford was long a centre of the West Riding wool industry. The name is derived from the "Broad Ford" at Church Bank by the site of Bradford Cathedral, around which the a settlement had begun to appear before the time of the Norman Conquest. The stream, called Bradford Beck, now passes (partly underground) to the River Aire near Shipley.

Bradford was one of the many English towns which became prosperous during the Industrial Revolution. Bradford's textile industry dates back as far as the thirteenth century, but it was not until the nineteenth century that it became world famous. Yorkshire boasted plentiful supplies of iron ore, coal and soft water which were used in cleaning raw wool, and a coal seam which stretched as far as Nottingham provided the power that the industry needed. Sandstone, Bradford's local stone, provided an excellent resource for the building of the mills, and the large population of West Yorkshire meant there was a readily available workforce.

Bradford, West Yorkshire, is on the edge of the moors of the Britain's West Yorkshire Pennines and in the heart of Bronte Country - where the Bronte sisters were born and lived and wrote their classic novels.

Founded sometime around the time of the Norman Conquest, the original village of Bradford sprang up around the "Broad Ford" crossing Bradford Beck at church bank, by the site of Bradford Cathedral. [The stream now passes through underground tunnels on its way to meet the River Aire near Shipley en route to Leeds and beyond.] However, it was not until the industrial revolution, in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century that Bradford grew and gained importance as a major producer of textiles and became known as the woollen centre of the world.

To support the textiles mills and machinery a large manufacturing base grew up in the city, leading to diversification with different industries thriving side by side. Today most of the older textile mills and some of the heavier industries have closed, but Bradford remains one of the north's important cities, with modern engineering, chemicals, digital media, I.T. and financial services (especially building societies) replacing the "dark satanic mills" of the industrial revolution.

Owing to its heritage as an international trading centre, Bradford boasts some fine Victorian buildings, including the recently refurbished Wool Exchange, Manningham Mills (which are currently undergoing restoration), and the nearby industrial village of Saltaire (now a UNESCO designated world heritage centre) as well as a fine Victorian cemetery at Undercliffe. Within the city there are numerous parks and gardens, including Lister Park (with the Cartwright Hall museum and art gallery and the Mughal Water Gardens), Peel Park (the venue for the annual "Mela" - a celebration of eastern culture) and the local beauty spot of Chellow Dene (near Allerton) with its two fine Victorian reservoirs set in pleasant woodland. [N.B. Similarly pleasant woodland can also be found at the St Ives' estate near Harden, Judy Woods near Wyke, Hirst Woods and Shipley Glen (both of which can be easily accessed from Shipley and Saltaire, the latter being served by the Shipley Glen Tramway - an authentic Victorian funicular !)]

Despite its industrial past, the city of Bradford is situated near to the very edge of the West Yorkshire conurbation, with the wide open spaces of Baildon Moor and Rombalds Moor (just above Shipley, Saltaire, Baildon, Bingley and Keighley respectively) lying very close by, the wild Pennine moors of Haworth and the heart of Bronte Country lying immediately to the west, and the stunningly beautiful Yorkshire Dales (designated as one of England and Wales' national parks) beginning only about fifteen miles away to the approximate north west.

Closer nearby (and actually within the Metropolitan District) is the very pleasant spa town of Ilkley (famous for Yorkshire's county anthem "On Ilkla Moor Baht'at" and also the Ilkley Literature Festival), Otley (famous as the birthplace of Thomas Chippendale), Bingley and nearby Cottingley (well known for its association with the bizarre story of the Cottingley Fairies) and the village of Esholt, (which was formerly used in the filming of Yorkshire TV's popular soap opera, "Emmerdale").

The city is well connected with the outside world, having a short motorway (the M606) linking it to the M62 trans-Pennine route, and having no less than two main railway stations at Forster Square and Bradford Interchange in the city centre (the latter also containing an integrated and recently refurbished bus station). Leeds Bradford International Airport is close nearby at Yeadon, serving internal flights as well as well as scheduled and charter flights to mainland Europe and beyond.

Bradford itself is famous as the birthplace of the composer Delius, the author and playwright J.B. Priestley, the novelist John Braine (one of the 1950s "angry young men", and author of "Room at the Top"), the artist David Hockney (whose works are included in the 1853 Gallery at Saltaire, and (of course) the Bronte sisters, (who were born at the Bronte Birthplace in the village of Thornton - now a suburb of the city to the west) before moving on to live at Haworth (where they grew up and wrote their classic novels - including "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre").

Bradford is also famous as the location of the UK's National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, the Industrial Museum, the Colour Museum (run by the Society of Dyers and Colourists), Bolling Hall, the Alhambra theatre, and the Priestley Centre for the Arts. Educational establishments include the University of Bradford, founded in 1965 by the then Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, and Bradford College.

In sport, the city of Bradford has historically been represented by Bradford City F.C. (which usually plays at the local Valley Parade stadium), Bradford Park Avenue Football Club and the famous Bradford Bulls rugby club, who play at Odsal Stadium.

Bradford is also famous for its numerous and nationally renowned curry houses - where some of the country's finest Anglo-Asian cuisine can be savoured in a variety of establishments ranging from small cafes and take-aways to large restaurants. (see eating out in Bronte Country, or visit the Bradford Curry Guide or Bhuna Beat, for further details)

Leeds

Leeds, West Yorkshire, has over the last ten years, been transformed from a northern industrial city to one of the most vibrant and successful cities in the country, with thriving finance, business service and retail sectors.

Leeds' colourful past is embraced by the invigorating and dynamic future vision for the city. Rapid industrial growth during the nineteenth century transformed a successful town into a thriving city. Leeds Town Hall, one of the finest civic buildings in Britain, the Grand Theatre, St Paul's House, elegant arcades and numerous other examples of Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian architecture are monuments to the city's sustained prosperity. Much of the city's heritage has recently been lovingly restored and preserved as witnessed by the attractive renovations of the Corn Exchange, Victoria Quarter, County Arcade and Leeds market buildings.

Alongside the restoration and preservation of the Leeds' heritage exciting and flourishing new developments such as pedestrian precincts, the Playhouse Theatre and superb new office accommodation have been built. In conjunction with the new developments, the Leeds Waterfront has exploded into life with a mixture of business and housing supported by shops, restaurants and hotels; all of which epitomise the city's growing status as a European centre.

Leeds has become the home to over 75 different nationalities and this rich mix of people and skills produces a thriving artistic and cultural life. The city supports exciting theatre and dance, great opera and music, prize-winning galleries and museums. Sporting activities in Leeds really pull in the crowds and the city is famous for football, cricket, rugby, swimming, the Leeds Marathon and national and international cycling events.

The Leeds district embraces thriving communities such as Headingley, Horsforth and Holbeck, plus the market towns of Otley and Wetherby, the villages of Harewood and Aberford and the townships of Pudsey and Morley. Combine the differing communities with the city, townships and the villages and add the spectacular countryside of the Yorkshire Moors and Dales to give a centre of infinite variety.

Taken from the Leeds City Council website www.leeds.gov.uk

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