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The village of Thackley is a small suburban area to the north east of the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire in England.



The village is loosely bordered by the village of Idle to the south, and Windhill (an area of Shipley) to the west. The area to the east of the village is largely wooded and rural, eventually leading through to Esholt on the border of Bradford and Leeds. To the north of the village runs the Airedale Railway Line (travelling between Leeds and Shipley), the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire, which separate Thackley from Baildon further north. There are footbridges over all three, meaning one can directly walk on foot between the villages of Thackley and Baildon. Thackley can be described as the northernmost part of Bradford which is south of the River Aire.

The village has no obvious centre (such as a village green, one of which is present in the neighbouring village of Idle), however it is centred on a crossroads to the south of the village known as Thackley Corner. The main 'A' Road (the A657) known as Leeds Road runs east-west, with Leeds to the east and Shipley to the west. Town Lane heads southwards towards Bradford, and Thackley Road runs north into the residential area of Thackley. Thackley Corner and the adjacent section of Leeds Road are home to most of the village's shops, pubs and eateries.

Notable buildings include the large Methodist church building on Thackley Road, which also acts as an impromptu village hall and gathering place for various groups and societies.

Notable people

Joseph Wright, a distinguished 19th/20th Century linguist, was born and raised in Thackley.


The village is located in the ward of Idle and Thackley, and in the newly revived parliamentary constituency of Bradford East (formerly Bradford North).


The village has a football team, Thackley F.C., who play in the NCEL Premier Division. They play at Dennyfield, situated in the wooded area known as Buck Wood to the north west of the village.

The village also has a cricket club, Thackley C.C. who also play nearby.


Thackley Primary School is named after the village, and is situated on Thackley Corner.

Immanuel CofE School is located on Leeds Road (Although sometimes stated as Idle)


The village is the site of the Thackley Tunnel, a long railway tunnel which runs underneath Thackley Hill. The nearest railway station is Shipley, which has connections to Bradford, Leeds and towns to the north west as far as Carlisle.

The village also has good road links to Bradford, Shipley and Leeds.



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