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Keighley
Keighley
(/ˈkiːθli/ ( listen) KEETH-lee) is a town and civil parish within the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Bradford and is at the confluence of the rivers Aire and Worth. The town area, which is part of the Brontë
Brontë
Country, has a population of 51,429, making it the third largest civil parish in England.[2] Keighley
Keighley
lies in a fold between the countryside of Airedale
Airedale
and Keighley
Keighley
Moors. The town is the terminus of the Keighley
Keighley
and Worth Valley Railway, a heritage steam branch line which has been restored and runs through the Worth Valley
Worth Valley
to Oxenhope
Oxenhope
via Oakworth
Oakworth
and Haworth. As of the 2011 census, Keighley
Keighley
had a population of 56,348.[3]

Contents

1 Toponymy 2 History 3 Geography 4 Demography 5 Amenities 6 Religion 7 Architecture 8 Local attractions 9 Education 10 Sport and entertainment 11 In film 12 Christopher Ingham 13 Hindenburg parcel 14 Notable people with Keighley
Keighley
links 15 Opinions about Keighley 16 Politics 17 Town twinning 18 Local books of interest 19 References 20 External links

Toponymy[edit] The name Keighley, which has gone through many changes of spelling throughout its history, is accepted to mean "Cyhha's farm or clearing"[4] and was mentioned in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
as "In Cichhelai, Ulchel, and Thole, and Ravensuar, and William had six carucates to be taxed." History[edit] Henry de Keighley, a Lancashire
Lancashire
knight, was granted a charter to hold a market in Keighley
Keighley
on 17 October 1305 by King Edward I.[5] The poll tax records of 1379 show that the population of Keighley, in the wapentake of Staincliffe in the West Riding of Yorkshire, was 109 people (47 couples and 15 single people).[6] From 1753 the Union stage coach departed on the Keighley
Keighley
and Kendal Turnpike from what was the Devonshire Arms coaching inn on the corner of Church Street and High Street. Rebuilt about 1788, this public house has a classical style pedimented doorcase with engaged Tuscan columns in the high fashion of that age. The original route towards Skipton
Skipton
was Spring Gardens Lane – Hollins Lane – Hollins Bank Lane.[7] Keighley
Keighley
was to become an intersection with other turnpikes including the Two-Laws to Keighley
Keighley
branch of the Toller
Toller
Lane – Blue Bell turnpike (1755) from Bradford
Bradford
to Colne; the Bradford
Bradford
to Keighley turnpike (1814); and the Keighley—Halifax turnpike.

Hattersley Domestic Loom built by Geo. Hattersley, Keighley
Keighley
on display at Queen Street Mill
Queen Street Mill
Textile Museum, Burnley

The town's industries have typically been in textiles, particularly wool and cotton processing. In addition to the manufacture of textiles there were several large factories making textile machinery. These included Dean, Smith & Grace, George Hattersley & Son and Prince, Smith & Stell. The first of these operated as a manufacturer of CNC machine tools, particularly precision lathes, until 2008. The 1842 Leeds
Leeds
Directory description of Keighley
Keighley
reads "Its parish had no dependent townships though it is about six miles (9.7 km) long and four miles (6.4 km) broad, and comprises 10,160 acres (4,112 ha) of land (including a peaty moor of about 2,000 acres or 800 ha) and a population which amounted, in the year 1801, to 5,745." The town was incorporated as a municipal borough on 28 July 1882 under the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Act 1882
Municipal Corporations Act 1882
in the West Riding of Yorkshire. On 1 April 1974 it became part of the City of Bradford
Bradford
Metropolitan District in accordance with the 1972 Local Government Act in the newly formed county of West Yorkshire. The merger caused a lot of bitterness among Keighley
Keighley
people who resented being 'taken over' by Bradford
Bradford
and accused the city's council of neglecting the town.[8] Civil parish status was restored to Keighley in 2002,[9] providing it with its own town council. The council's 30 members elect a mayor from amongst their number once a year. The town has a local history society, Keighley
Keighley
and District Local History Society, and a family history society, Keighley
Keighley
and District Family History Society.[10] Geography[edit]

Victorian era
Victorian era
terraced buildings on Cavendish Street

A ground-level view of the Victorian commercial quarter

North Street, Keighley

Keighley
Keighley
War Memorial

Central Hall: an old Methodist chapel recently converted to a community resource centre by infrastructure support group KIVCA.[11]

Victorian architecture in the town centre's Lord Street.

Airedale
Airedale
Centre

Keighley Picture House
Keighley Picture House
airs a vintage film afternoon as part of several local Older Peoples' Week events.

Buildings formerly occupied by Keighley
Keighley
College, now part of Leeds City College.

Keighley
Keighley
& Worth Valley
Worth Valley
Railway, Keighley, West Yorkshire

Keighley
Keighley
railway station

Keighley
Keighley
lies at the confluence of the rivers Worth and Aire in Airedale, in the South Pennines. Its northern boundary is with Bradley and its southern limit is the edge of Oxenhope. To the west, the town advances up the hill to the suburb of Black Hill and in the east it terminates at the residential neighbourhoods of Long Lee
Long Lee
and Thwaites Brow. The outlying northeastern suburb of Riddlesden
Riddlesden
is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a separate village, but is part of the town. Past Black Hill and via Braithwaite Edge Road lies Braithwaite village which leads to Laycock, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Laycock is a conservation area which overlooks the hamlet of Goose Eye. The River Aire
River Aire
passes through north eastern Keighley, dividing the neighbourhood of Stockbridge and running roughly parallel to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The Worth links up with the Aire in Stockbridge and runs south-westerly, dividing eastern Keighley
Keighley
from central and western districts of the town. The Worth is lined with abandoned, semi-derelict industrial sites and tracts of waste ground dating from the period when Keighley
Keighley
thrived as a major textile centre. Parts of Keighley
Keighley
are prone to flooding and the town was particularly badly hit in by floods 2000.[12][13] Since then, millions have been spent on strengthening flood defences. Other outlying villages around the town are Oakworth, Cross Roads, Haworth, Stanbury
Stanbury
and Oxenhope. The two main settlements to the north are Silsden
Silsden
and Steeton. Although these villages are often referred to as separate places they are part of the wider Keighley
Keighley
area. These areas add a total of 22,669 to the Keighley
Keighley
area, taking the population of the wider Keighley
Keighley
area up to 74,098 (2001 Census). To the north east is Rombald's Moor which contains many signs of stone age and bronze age occupation including cup and ring marks,[14] and as it drops back down into Wharfedale
Wharfedale
and the town of Ilkley, approximately five miles away, becomes the more famous Ilkley
Ilkley
Moor.

Neighbouring towns, villages and places

Skipton, Gargrave, Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Dales Steeton, Silsden, Addingham Ilkley, Burley-in-Wharfedale

Colne, Nelson, Burnley

Keighley

Menston, Guiseley, Yeadon

Oakworth, Haworth, Oxenhope Cullingworth, Denholme, Halifax Bingley, Shipley, Bradford

Demography[edit]

Census population of the ancient parish/civil parish of Keighley

Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891

Population

5,745

6,864

9,223

11,176

13,413

18,259

18,819

24,704

30,395

36,176

Source: Vision of Britain – Keighley
Keighley
AP/CP: Total Population.[15]

Census population of the municipal borough of Keighley

Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1939 † 1951 1961 1971 2011

Population

41,564

43,487

41,921

40,441

56,631

56,944

55,845

55,325

56,348

Source: Vision of Britain – Keighley
Keighley
MB: Total Population.[16]

† The 1939 population is estimated from the National Registration Act figures.[17] The 1941 census did not take place because of the Second World War. Amenities[edit] Much of the town centre has been pedestrianised. Keighley
Keighley
has three large supermarkets, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Asda. The Airedale shopping centre, is a large indoor shopping precinct which houses most of the town's high street retail chains. There are several budget supermarkets situated in small retail parks around the town. Keighley benefits from an electrified railway service with connections to Leeds, Bradford, Shipley, Bingley, Skipton, Carlisle and Morecambe. The Keighley
Keighley
and Worth Valley
Worth Valley
railway is a heritage steam railway, which links the town with Haworth, Oakworth, Oxenhope
Oxenhope
and the Bronte Country. Keighley
Keighley
has one cinema, The Picture House on North Street which was restored from derelict condition in 1996 by Northern Morris Associated Cinemas.[18] Religion[edit] Keighley
Keighley
has a parish church Keighley
Keighley
Shared Church[19] and is home to many Christian
Christian
denominations. It has churches and places of worship for Anglicans, Methodists, United Reformed, Mormons, Quakers, Salvation Army
Salvation Army
and Jehovah's Witnesses. Keighley
Keighley
has a significant Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
minority re-established following the repeal of the penal laws. The Catholic population was boosted in the mid-19th century with the arrival of Irish immigrants escaping the 1840s potato famine who came to work in the textile and weaving industries. Keighley
Keighley
has two Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
churches (St Anne's – 1840 and St Joseph's – 1934) and four Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
schools (St Anne's – 1857, St Joseph's – 1922, Our Lady of Victories – 1960 and Holy Family – 1964). The first spiritualist church in Britain was founded at Keighley
Keighley
in 1853 by David Richmond,[20] who although not originally from the town, stayed for many years and helped to establish the movement throughout the country. Spiritualism was at its height during Victorian times and Keighley
Keighley
Spiritualist church remains open. Muslims make up the second largest religious group in the town. According to the 2011 census there were more than 12,400 Muslims in Keighley
Keighley
in March of that year. Most had started coming to Britain in the 1960s from the Mirpur region of Azad Kashmir, in Pakistan, and the Sylhet
Sylhet
region of Bangladesh. As of 2013 there were eight mosques in Keighley, including the purpose-built Markazi Jamia Masjid ('Central Community Mosque') in Emily Street, the Ghosia Mosque, in Cark Road, the Shahjalal Jamia Mosque, on Temple Row, and the Bait al-Aman Ahmadiyya Mosque, at the junction of Worth Way and Longcroft. There is a Buddhist centre on Lawkholme Crescent, in the town centre. The Keighley
Keighley
Kadampa Buddhist Centre is used by lay and ordained Buddhist practitioners and also runs day and evening classes for newcomers to the faith. Architecture[edit] Like many other British towns and cities, Keighley
Keighley
was extensively remodelled in the 1960s and lost many historic buildings. However, the town managed to retain some of its heritage and has many Victorian buildings. The local millstone grit gives many of the buildings a distinctive look. East Riddlesden
Riddlesden
Hall, Cliffe Castle Museum
Cliffe Castle Museum
and Whinburn Mansion are fine, country houses. There are large town houses along Skipton
Skipton
Road which contrast with the cramped rows of terraces in the streets behind them. The town's central library was the first Carnegie library
Carnegie library
in England opened in 1904 with a grant of £10,000 from Andrew Carnegie.[21] The library has undergone refurbishment which was completed in 2007. Many of the town's former mill buildings are still intact. The town centre contains modern buildings such as Leeds
Leeds
City College and examples of Victorian commercial architecture, including the long terrace of Cavendish Street with its 220-yard (⅛ mile/a furlong) ornamental canopy. There is an award-winning bus station which opened in 2002 near the Airedale
Airedale
Shopping Centre.[22][23] There are several tower blocks in Parkwood Rise, Holycroft and Ingrow
Ingrow
and a central multi-storey car park. Amongst the modern houses in Laycock, 2 miles (3.2 km) outside Keighley
Keighley
town centre is a 17th-century three-storey manor house (which is said to be the former wing of a much bigger property), converted barns and 18th-century cottages. Local attractions[edit] On the outskirts of town is Cliffe Hall, also known as Cliffe Castle, now Keighley
Keighley
Museum.[24] Keighley
Keighley
is the location of the Keighley
Keighley
and Worth Valley
Worth Valley
Railway, a heritage railway that passes through Haworth (part of the Brontë
Brontë
Country, home of Anne, Charlotte and Emily Brontë) and terminates at Oxenhope. At Ingrow
Ingrow
is the Museum of Rail Travel. Top Withens
Top Withens
and the Brontë Waterfall
Brontë Waterfall
are within walking distance of Stanbury, a mile and a half from Haworth. East Riddlesden
Riddlesden
Hall is in Riddlesden. Keighley
Keighley
Police Museum is in the Keighley
Keighley
Civic Centre opposite the Town Square. It is the old police station and has many pieces of police memorabilia, including a Victorian horse-drawn Black Mariah. Education[edit] Local high schools are University Academy Keighley in Utley,[25] Oakbank School,[26] Parkside School in Cullingworth
Cullingworth
[27] and the Holy Family Catholic School.[28] Keighley
Keighley
College, the local campus of Leeds
Leeds
City College, formerly known as Park Lane College, is situated near Keighley
Keighley
railway station on Bradford
Bradford
Road.[29] In 2010, the college opened this new £30 million campus, moving away from the former site on Cavendish Street which was in need of repair. The college includes an Industrial Centre of Excellence and a nationally acclaimed Star Centre facility,[30] designed to encourage more young people to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). This features a mock mission control centre, a planetarium, a simulated rocky planet surface and many other space-related items. Sport and entertainment[edit] Keighley Cougars
Keighley Cougars
RLFC are a semi-professional rugby league team based at Royd Ings Avenue, they play in the Co-operative Championship continuing a recent history of promotion to and relegation from this league over the last 3 years. The ground's historical/traditional name is Lawkholme Lane but has more recently been named Cougar Park. Keighley RUFC are based at Rose Cottage, Utley and play in Yorkshire league one. Keighley
Keighley
is home to Timothy Taylor Brewery, the makers of CAMRA, Champion Beer of Britain
Champion Beer of Britain
award-winning ales Landlord and Boltmaker (previously known as 'Best Bitter'). They also brew Ram Tam, Golden Best, Dark Mild and a new French style blonde ale, Le Champion, which was first brewed for the Tour de France
Tour de France
in 2014 and has been brewed for the Tour de Yorkshire
Yorkshire
in 2015 and 2016.[31] They also own many pubs in the area, including the Albert Hotel, Boltmakers Arms, Burlington Arms, Lord Rodney and Royal Oak in Keighley. Keighley
Keighley
has a popular local music scene. There have been various venues where local bands play. Most notable was the now defunct CJ's bar (also known as Chrome, VW's, Cheese and Trumpet) that played host to many popular touring bands. Examples of local bands are the Sailmakers, the Undecided, Foxes Faux, Random Hand, the Get Guns, Eyesore Angels and Dead Message who recently parted ways after 9 years. The British rock bands Skeletal Family
Skeletal Family
and Terrorvision were also originally formed in Keighley. Keighley's Picture House, a cinema on North Street opened in 1913 making it one of the oldest in Britain. A brief closure in the mid-1990s prevented it from being listed as one of the oldest in continuous operation – a record that goes to the Curzon Cinema which opened in Clevedon, Somerset
Somerset
in 1911. The Airedale
Airedale
Shopping Centre used to house the statue of the giant Rombald holding a boulder above his head. It was moved when a glass ceiling was added to the centre. According to local legend the giant Rombald threw a giant rock at his enemies (or in some versions of the tale his wife) killing them. The rock is the "calf" of "cow and calf" rock fame which can be seen today at the top of Rombald's Moor on Ilkley
Ilkley
Moor. On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France
Tour de France
from York
York
to Sheffield, passed through the town. It was also the location of the stage's intermediate sprint after 42.6 miles (68.6 km). The 20 points for the Points jersey was claimed by Blel Kadri
Blel Kadri
of AG2R La Mondiale.[32] In film[edit] Keighley
Keighley
was the setting for the film Blow Dry
Blow Dry
starring Josh Hartnett, Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
and Bill Nighy. Blow Dry
Blow Dry
opens with the announcement that the small town of Keighley
Keighley
will host the year 2000 British Hair Championships. Keighley's mayor (Warren Clarke) is thrilled about the news, but when he announces it to the town's press, they all yawn disapprovingly. The film although set in Keighley
Keighley
was shot in several locations.[33] The 2004 documentary Edge of the City, about the City of Bradford Social Services, and the people and problems they deal with, was partly filmed in Keighley, and concerned sexual abuse of underage white girls by some Asian men.[34] Most of the 2004 film Yasmin was shot in Keighley. Written by Simon Beaufoy and mostly filmed in Lawkholme, it tells the story of a British Muslim
Muslim
woman who has her life disrupted by the impact of the September 11 attacks
September 11 attacks
on America. Mr Beaufoy said the film was originally set in Oldham, but "worked its way across the Pennines". The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
(KWVR), running steam trains from Keighley
Keighley
to Haworth
Haworth
and Oxenhope, has been used in several films, including The Railway Children, Yanks, the film of the Pink Floyd musical The Wall and an episode of the long-running situation comedy, The Last of the Summer Wine. A great part of the 2004 BBC television drama
BBC television drama
North and South was shot on Keighley, with Dalton Mill being one of the serial's main locations.[35] In 1978 the former railway station which is now on the site of the supermarket Sainsbury's, was used as a setting in the Second World War period drama film "Yanks" where many of the local residents were used as part of the cast. A Touch of Frost starring David Jason was also filmed at the railway line close to Ingrow
Ingrow
West. The 1950s set British feature film Between Two Women (2000) was filmed extensively in and around Keighley
Keighley
and its mills, in particular around the railway and close to the main town railway station. The same director's next film The Jealous God (2005) also featured Keighley railway station and nearby streets. The film God's Own Country about the young life of a sheep farmer was filmed in Laycock and also at Keighley
Keighley
bus station[36] Christopher Ingham[edit] Utley Cemetery contains the grave of Christopher Ingham, a veteran of the conflict against Napoleon. He was a member of the Duke of Wellington's elite 95th Rifle Regiment and fought in ten battles against the French in Spain, France
France
and Belgium
Belgium
including the Spanish Peninsula War and the Battle of Waterloo, for which he was awarded several medals, including the Peninsula Medal. He died in 1866. Some local historians believe Mr Ingham's heroism may have inspired the author Bernard Cornwell's saga about Major Richard Sharpe.[37] The TV series episode Sharpe's Justice, which focuses on the roots of the title character, is set in and around Keighley. Hindenburg parcel[edit] On 22 May 1936, the Zeppelin
Zeppelin
Hindenburg crossed Yorkshire
Yorkshire
in a diversion of her normal route between the United States
United States
and Germany.[38] As the airship passed over the town, a parcel was dropped and landed in the High Street, where two boys picked it up. The parcel contained a bunch of carnations, a small silver and jet crucifix, some postage stamps, a picture postcard and some Hindenburg notepaper.[39] The note was written by John P Schulte, who called himself the first flying priest. The note requested that the carnations and crucifix be placed on the grave of his brother, Lieutenant Franz Schulte, who died as a Prisoner of War
Prisoner of War
in the Keighley
Keighley
area, and who was, at that time, buried at Morton Cemetery 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Keighley (though the letter states he is buried at Skipton, this was incorrect).[40]

Hindenburg note, 22 May 1936

To the finder of this letter. Please deposit these flowers and the cross on the grave of my dear brother, Lieutenant Franz Schulte, I. Garde Regt zu Fuss. Prisoner of War
Prisoner of War
in Skipton
Skipton
Cemetery in Keighley near Leeds. Many thanks for your kindness, John P Schulte, the first flying priest. N.B. Please accept the stamps and picture as a small souvenir from me. God bless you![41]

The carnations were placed on the grave and the two boys kept the postage stamps and the postcard. The crucifix was placed in St Anne's Church to avoid it being stolen.[41] Notable people with Keighley
Keighley
links[edit] See also: Category:People from Keighley The following people were born in Keighley, have lived there in the past or are currently resident in the town.

Simon Beaufoy, (1967–), An Oscar, Bafta
Bafta
and Golden Globe award-winning British screenwriter who was born in Keighley Gordon Bottomley, (1874–1948), poet was born and educated in Keighley Asa Briggs, (1921–2016), renowned historian and academic, born in Keighley Brontë
Brontë
Sisters, lived in the village of Haworth, which is two miles (3 km) south of Keighley

Anne. (1820–1849), Novelist Charlotte, (1816–1855), Novelist Emily, (1818–1848), Novelist

Alastair Campbell, (1957–), former Labour party spin doctor who was born in Keighley[42] John Tiplady Carrodus, (1836–1895), violinist Kiki Dee, (1947–), successful singer-songwriter, originally from Bradford, whose career spanned 40 years Ian Dewhirst, Former librarian of Keighley
Keighley
MBE
MBE
local historian Ellis Hall, Bowman at the Battle of Flodden[43] Peter Hartley, (1960–), former county cricketer for Warwickshire and Hampshire Denis Healey, (1917–2015), a prominent Labour party politician who has previously served as Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chancellor of the Exchequer
and Secretary of State for Defence[44] Mike Hellawell, (1938–), professional footballer who made two appearances for England
England
and also played for Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland Trevor Hockey, (1943–1987), Welsh international footballer, who also played with Bradford
Bradford
City and Birmingham City Sir Isaac Holden, 1st Baronet, (1807–1897), inventor and manufacturer, known for lucifer matches, and served as Liberal MP for Keighley
Keighley
1888–1895 Lesley Horton, Crime novelist and author of the detective inspector John Handford series lives in Keighley Paul Hudson, (1971–), local television weather forecaster was born in the town Saima Hussain, (1979–), first Asian female rugby player to represent Great Britain[45] Keith Jessop, (1933–2010), salvage diver and successful marine treasure hunter Peter Judson, (1970–), a former boxer who challenged for the British featherweight title in the 1990s Henry de Keighley, (−1313), granted the first charter to hold a market in Keighley
Keighley
on 17 October 1305 by King Edward I[5] John Kilcoyne, a star of the television programme Brainiac: Science Abuse was born and raised in Keighley Dougie Lampkin, (1976–), born Silsden
Silsden
is an internationally renowned motorcycle trials rider Tommy Lee, (1986–), footballer who is a goalkeeper for Chesterfield Leigh Marklew, (1968–), of Bradford
Bradford
rock band Terrorvision, is a native of Keighley Peter Mayhew, (1944–), British actor who played Chewbacca
Chewbacca
in the Star Wars
Star Wars
films, lived in Keighley
Keighley
between 1987 and 2000[46] Chris Melling
Chris Melling
(1979–), professional pool player and former world number one Ian Mosey, professional golfer. Winner of two European Tour events. Reynold Alleyne Nicholson, (1868–1945) was an eminent English orientalist, scholar of both Islamic literature
Islamic literature
and Islamic mysticism, and widely regarded as one of the greatest Rumi
Rumi
scholars and translators in the English language. George Nicholson, (1760–1825), printer born in Keighley[47] Eric Pickles, (1952–), former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and a former Chairman of the Conservative Party
Chairman of the Conservative Party
was born in the town Michael Sams, (1941–), murderer[48] Geoff Smith, (1928–2013), former Bradford
Bradford
City goalkeeper, lived in Keighley Michelle Smith, (1983–), Rifle Shooter who won Silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, IND. Philip Snowden, (1864–1937), the first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer was born in Cowling. He was also the editor of the Keighley Labour Journal and in 1906 became the MP for Blackburn. Mollie Sugden, (1922–2009), television comedy actress Sir John Taylor, Baron Ingrow, Lord Ingrow, (1917–2002), a soldier and politician. From 1985 to 1992 he was Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Timothy Taylor, (1826–1898), local brewer who opened the Timothy Taylor's Brewery in 1858 Percy Vear, (1911–1983), a British professional boxer during the 1920s and 1930s Ricky Wilson, (1978), musician and part of Leeds
Leeds
five-piece Kaiser Chiefs, is a native of Keighley Margaret Wintringham, (1879–1955), the second woman to take a seat in the House of Commons[49] Frank Whitcombe, (1913–1958), Bradford
Bradford
Northern & Great Britain international rugby league player Frank Whitcombe Jr, (1936–2010), Bradford
Bradford
RFC Yorkshire
Yorkshire
RUFC & North Eastern Counties RUFC Martin Whitcombe, (1961–), Leicester Tigers, Yorkshire
Yorkshire
RUFC & England
England
'B' International Rugby Union player. Jake Wright, (1986–), professional footballer who plays for Oxford United Charles Howard Turner, (1934-2017), Renowned local artist who painted Keighley
Keighley
and it's characters of the 20's and 30's. Sandra Dorne, (1924-1992), Well known actress in many films in the 40s and 50s, and parts in many TV series. Steve Binns,(1960-) Long distance runner who competed in the 1988 Olympic Games. Willis Hall, (1929-2005), Famous playwright (Billy Liar), lived in Oldfield near Keighley
Keighley
in the 70s and 80s. Jeff Hall, (1929-1959), Born in Scunthorpe but raised in Keighley. Right full back for Birmingham City where he played 227 games, and 17 times for England. Tragically died of polio aged 29.

Opinions about Keighley[edit] The town was mentioned in the John Cooper Clarke
John Cooper Clarke
poem, "Burnley": "I'll tell you now and I'll tell you briefly, I don't ever want to go to Keighley." In 2003, The Idler magazine set up an online poll to decide which were the 50 worst places to live in Britain. The results were published in the book Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places to Live in the UK. Keighley came in at number 40. Keighley's local newspaper, the Keighley
Keighley
News, reported the reaction of Councillor Andrew Mallinson, chairman of Keighley
Keighley
Town Centre Management Group: "On the positive side, it's nice to know that out of all the towns in the country, Keighley
Keighley
has got a mention! But on a serious note, as a group, we take any complaints or concerns seriously and are always striving to improve the town centre's image." Politics[edit]

Keighley
Keighley
Town Hall (built in 1902)

Keighley
Keighley
is represented in the House of Commons by Labour Member of Parliament (MP) John Grogan, who won the seat at the 2017 general election. Grogan had a majority of just 249 over the previous incumbent, Conservative Kris Hopkins[50]. In 2015, Hopkins won the seat at the 2015 general election – securing a second term. Hopkins increased the Conservatives vote share in the area from 41.9%[51] in 2010 to 44.3%[52] in 2015. The Conservatives won the seat in 2010, taking over from Ann Cryer who had been in office since 1997. Keighley
Keighley
was contested by the British National Party
British National Party
(BNP) in the May 2005 general election when the party's leader Nick Griffin
Nick Griffin
stood for Parliament. He was defeated by Ann Cryer, one of a small number of Labour MPs with an increased majority. In March 2006, the town's mayoress, Rose Thompson, announced she had joined the BNP.[53] In June 2006, the leader of Bradford
Bradford
District Council, Conservative Councillor Kris Hopkins, was quoted in the Craven Herald & Pioneer as suggesting it might be a good idea for Keighley
Keighley
to become an independent authority once again.[54] Keighley
Keighley
has had a town council since 2002.[9] In 2015, a police probe launched the previous year had developed into a fraud investigation following an external audit report – highlighting a number of financial weaknesses and poor governance in the council's 2012/12 accounts.[55] A turf war between local drug gangs resulted in the murder of four Asian men in a ​5 1⁄2-month period, from September 2001 to February 2002. Those killed were Yasser Hussain Nazir, Yasser Khan, Zaber Hussain and Qadir Ahmed. Qadir, was stabbed and beaten to death near Victoria Park after being ambushed and chased by rival gang members. The killings sparked a police investigation leading to the arrest of a number of men who were given long prison sentences.[56] Town twinning[edit]

Keighley
Keighley
Hall in Poix-du-Nord

Keighley
Keighley
has the unique record of having the first recorded town twinning agreement in the world entering an agreement with Poix-du-Nord, France
France
in 1920.[57][58] This actually followed an even earlier sister city arrangement with two communes on the outskirts of Paris, France
France
Suresnes
Suresnes
and Puteaux
Puteaux
– starting in 1905.[57][59]

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA Poix-du-Nord, Nord, Hauts-de-France, France Manzini, Swaziland

Local books of interest[edit]

KEIGHLEY PAST and PRESENT; AN HISTORICAL, TOPOGRAPHICAL and STATISTICAL SKETCH of THE TOWN, PARISH and ENVIRONS of KEIGHLEY The life of Charlotte Brontë
Charlotte Brontë
by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell William Grimshaw, incumbent of Haworth, 1742–63 By Robert Spence Hardy History of Bradford, and its parish By John James The History and Topography of Bradford, (in the county of York,) by John James Babbage Report, Haworth, 1850 The master spinner; a life of Sir Swire Smith Ancient Bingley: or, Bingley, its history and scenery (1897). Author: Turner, J. Horsfall Robert Collyer Methodist preacher and blacksmith Haworth
Haworth
– past and present: a history of Haworth, Stanbury
Stanbury
& Oxenhope A Century of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Dialect: Selections from the "Transactions of the Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Dialect Society" A History of Keighley
Keighley
by Ian Dewhirst Gleanings from Victorian Yorkshire
Yorkshire
by Ian Dewhirst Gleanings from Edwardian Yorkshire
Yorkshire
by Ian Dewhirst In the Reign of the Peacemaker by Ian Dewhirst Keighley
Keighley
and District in Edwardian Photographs by Ian Dewhirst Keighley
Keighley
at War by Ian Dewhirst Keighley
Keighley
in Old Picture Postcards by Ian Dewhirst Keighley
Keighley
in the 1930s and '40s by Ian Dewhirst More Old Keighley
Keighley
in Photographs by Ian Dewhirst The Story of a Nobody: A Working Class Life, 1880–1939 by Ian Dewhirst Old Keighley
Keighley
in Photographs by Ian Dewhirst Scar Top and other poems by Ian Dewhirst The Handloom Weaver and other poems by Ian Dewhirst Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Through the Years by Ian Dewhirst You Don't Remember Bananas by Ian Dewhirst Victorian Keighley
Keighley
Characters by Ian Dewhirst Keighley's Darkest Secrets – Malcom Hanson The History of Lees Methodist Church by Maurice Baren Keighley
Keighley
Murders and Other Tales by Lewis Parker Tales of Old Airedale: A Miscellany by Lisa Firth

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