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BURLEY-IN-WHARFEDALE is a village and civil parish in the county of West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire
, England, and is situated within the Wharfedale valley.

The village is situated on the A65 road
A65 road
, approximately 11 miles (18 km) north-west from Leeds city centre
Leeds city centre
, 8 miles (13 km) north from Bradford
Bradford
, 3 miles (5 km) from the spa town of Ilkley
Ilkley
and 2 miles (3 km) from the market town of Otley
Otley
. The hamlet of Burley Woodhead
Burley Woodhead
, a cluster of farms and homes at the foot of Burley Moor , is 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south-west.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Community * 3 Notable people * 4 Location grid * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

HISTORY

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 Greenholme Mills, cotton mills powered from a goit fed from the River Wharfe . The cotton mill no longer operates, but the goit is now utilised to provide hydro electric power, and a weir remains.

The development of industrial and commercial centres in the nearby cities of Leeds
Leeds
and Bradford
Bradford
, combined with rail and bus links, caused 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. With developments in the second half of the 20th century, Burley became a prosperous but socially diverse village. The village has a high percentage of elderly and retired people, and young families attracted by job opportunities, local schools and new housing developments.

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

COMMUNITY

The Parish Church of St Mary's

Burley population is 7,338. With Menston
Menston
, Burley is part of Wharfedale
Wharfedale
Ward in the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford
City of Bradford
.

The village contains a range of local businesses. Burley public buildings include 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 the village green which contains a central water feature.

The village has two state primary schools , Burley and Woodhead Primary School, Burley Oaks Primary School, and Ghyll Royd School
School
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NOTABLE PEOPLE

Burley Woodhead
Burley Woodhead
was home to the television presenter, Richard Whiteley , until his death in 2005. It may have been the birthplace of Walter of Burley (1274-1344), a medieval English logician and theologian. Mark James , Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
captain in 1999, lives in the village. British cyclist Scott Thwaites is from Burley; in 2012 he became the Men's Elite Road Race Champion in the National road cycling championships held at Otley.

LOCATION GRID

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Ben Rhydding
Ben Rhydding

Menston
Menston

BURLEY IN WHARFEDALE

Burley Woodhead
Burley Woodhead

SEE ALSO

* Burley-in- Wharfedale
Wharfedale
railway station

REFERENCES

* ^ "Burley-In- Wharfedale
Wharfedale
Conservation Area" (PDF). West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service. Retrieved 4 January 2016. * ^ "Greenholme Mill Hydro...", Power from the Landscape * ^ "Burley CP". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 January 2016. * ^ "Home". Ghyll Royd School
School
and Pre-School. Retrieved 25 November 2016. * ^ "Contact Us". Ghyll Royd School
School
and Pre-School. Retrieved 25 November 2016. * ^ "Yorkshire cycle racer\'s Otley
Otley
win". BBC News. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2015.

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