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Drag to set position! April 1, 2011
Welcome! This is a group for locally distinctive contributions from in and around the Shipley area. This would include:
Baildon (including Baildon Green, Charlestown, Shipley Glen & Tong Park), Frizinghall, Hirst Wood, Heaton Grove, Heaton Shay, Low Ash, Moorhead, Nab Wood, New Close, Owlet, Saltaire, Thackley, West Royd, Windhill, Wrose.

Group Description

Shipley is a town in West Yorkshire, in the north of England, UK.

Shipley lies on the Southern Pennine fringe. The area is characterised by the valleys of the River Aire and Bradford Beck and associated glacial overflow channels and low hilltops. The solid geology of sandstones, shales and seams of the coal measures is overlain by sands, clays and gravels of glacial drift.

The area has been settled since Neolithic times with archaeological finds and place name evidence suggesting that clearance for habitation was begun around this time.

Shipley (derived from the Old English "Sceap-leay") means "sheep field" and it may be that the area was noted for grazing sheep as some of the surrounding area still is.

In the mediaeval and post-mediaeval period, aside from agricultural activity, the area was noted for coal mining and woolen textile manufacture. This later activity, together with associated engineering and service activities, was dominant until the early part of the 20th century with the 19th century perhaps representing its heyday and many of the most notable buildings constructed then. Shipley's market, the Leeds-Liverpool canal, local rail lines and Saltaire and its mill date from this time.

Since around the mid-20th century, Shipley, while retaining some manufacturing function has become increasingly a retail and service centre for local housing (now dominated by a multi-national supermarket chain at the expense of its independent shops). During the 1960s the centre of Shipley and surrounding road layout was substantially remodelled and its market square surrounded by modern brutalist buildings including an indoor market, the Arndale centre and iconic town clock (now listed). Today Shipley is, to a large extent, a dormitory settlement for Bradford and especially Leeds with its recently booming/boomed financial and legal services sector which are both easily accessed. Shipley has four railway stations at Saltaire, Frizinghall, Baildon and at Shipley, connecting locally with Skipton, Bradford, Leeds and Wharfedale.

While Shipley suffers many of the ailments associated with post-industrial decline it is not an area without interest or beauty nor lacking cultural, sporting and social activity. The area has produced some notable characters and will probably continue to do so.

Additional Info

  • Members can post 10 things to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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