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Coordinates: 53°51′37″N 1°43′13″W / 53.8603°N 1.7202°W / 53.8603; -1.7202

Esholt is located in West Yorkshire

 Esholt shown within West Yorkshire
Population 1,495 
OS grid reference SE185405
Metropolitan borough City of Bradford
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SHIPLEY
Postcode district BD17
Dialling code 01274
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Bradford North
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Esholt is a village between Shipley and Guiseley, in the metropolitan district of the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.


Derivation of name

The name "Esholt" indicates that the village was first established in a heavily wooded area of ash trees.


Esholt Old Hall

In the 12th century, the Esholt estate was owned by Syningthwaite Priory and a nunnery was established there at Lower Esholt. When the nunnery was dissolved in about 1540 the estate was granted by Edward IV to Henry Thompson. The original manor house, Esholt Old Hall at Upper Esholt is medieval in origin, probably16th century. and possibly once moated. It is well preserved and has Grade II* listed building protection.[1]

The adjacent church of St Paul was once the private chapel of the old manor house. The church was rebuilt in 1839.

In the 17th century the Thompson heiress married Walter Calverley (1629-1694) and in 1709 their son Walter built a new Queen Anne style mansion house, Esholt Hall on the site of the old nunnery.

In 1775 the Calverleys sold to Stansfield and eventually in 1906 the estate was purchased by the Bradford City Council. The estate is now owned by Yorkshire Water where they operate a sewage treatment plant. The new hall is a conference and staff learning centre. It also is a Grade II* listed building.[2]

Esholt, looking along Main Street

From 1976 to 1998 Esholt was used for the outside location shots for the Yorkshire Television drama series Emmerdale Farm later Emmerdale. The series is currently filmed at a purpose built set based on the layout of Esholt on the Harewood estate in Leeds. During the time the village was used as a filming location the name of the village pub was changed from the Commercial Inn to The Woolpack. The Home Farm of the series is derived from the real Home Farm which still exists on the Esholt Estate, although many of the original buildings (dating back to 1691) are derelict.


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