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Coordinates: 53°54′49″N 1°44′53″W / 53.9137°N 1.7480°W / 53.9137; -1.7480

Burley-in-Wharfedale is located in West Yorkshire

 Burley-in-Wharfedale shown within West Yorkshire
Population 5,865 
OS grid reference SE165464
Parish Burley
Metropolitan borough City of Bradford
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ILKLEY
Postcode district LS29
Dialling code 01943
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Shipley
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Burley-in-Wharfedale, is a village in the county of West Yorkshire, England. Along with 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. Burley has a railway station on the Wharfedale line, with direct trains to Leeds, Bradford and Ilkley. It has a population of 5,865.[1]

Despite the great transport links to local urban areas Burley in Wharfedale retains its rural feel and setting in the green Wharfedale valley.

The village is adjoined by Burley Woodhead, a small cluster of farms and prestigious homes at the foot of Burley Moor.



Originally 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 River Wharfe.

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. Council housing was built in the 1920s and 1950s, as the village became a dormitory settlement for the two cities.

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 schools and new housing developments.

Whilst the cotton mill no longer operates, the village retains a strong range of local businesses and a strong community atmosphere.

In 2006, following a petition to the local authority and permission from the Secretary of State, Burley gained its own Parish Council.


The village has two state primary schools, Burley and Woodhead Primary School and Burley Oaks Primary School, along with Ghyll Royd School, a private primary and nursery school for boys.

The Parish Church of St Mary's.

It also has an Anglican Church, an United Reformed Church, a Methodist and a Catholic Church. The Anglican Church, the Parish Church of St Mary's (pictured) has a prominent spire.

Burley has a range of public buildings, such as the Queens' Hall, originally built as a lecture hall for mill workers. Recent work by community groups has resulted in developments including a new nature reserve and village green. The recenly redeveloped village green features a central water feature.

The Malt Shovel public house is another distinctive building in the village centre.


Traditional 18th and 19th century stone terraced housing in the village centre
New Housing Development in Burley, 1990s

Burley has a range of housing types and ages. Recently the former hospital has been converted into private townhouses and flats. The village centre has small clusters of terrace houses and cottages.

Famous residents

Burley Woodhead was also the home of the late Richard Whiteley, a popular television celebrity, until his death in 2005.

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