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Coordinates: 53°49′59″N 1°46′37″W / 53.833°N 1.777°W / 53.833; -1.777

Shipley market clock1.jpg
Shipley market clock
Shipley is located in West Yorkshire

 Shipley shown within West Yorkshire
Population 28,162 
OS grid reference SE146375
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 BD 17,18
Dialling code 01274
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Shipley
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire
Ward Name: Shipley
Councillor: Kevin Warnes
Party: Green Party
Councillor: Martin Love
Party: Green Party
Councillor: Hawarrun Hussain
Party: Green Party

Shipley is a town in West Yorkshire, England, by the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, north of Bradford and north-west of Leeds.

It is within the City and Metropolitan Borough of Bradford 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.[1]



In Shipley is a World Heritage Site: the village of Saltaire, 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 Canal for the manufacture of alpaca and woollen cloth. Salts Mill 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 Aire, 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 Tramway 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 station 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 Saltaire and Baildon. 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.

England 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 Trafford 1956, vs Australia). A residential street in the Moorhead district of Shipley has been named Jim Laker Place, in his memory.[2]

TV actor Steven Hartley comes from Shipley.

Actor Bryan Mosley (Alf Roberts in Coronation Street) 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.[3]

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 Bingley, Keighley and Skipton.


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