Place:Guiseley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameGuiseley
Alt namesGiselesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 316
TypeTown, Urban district
Coordinates53.868°N 1.711°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoAireborough, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandurban district of which it was a part 1937-1974
Leeds (metropolitan borough), West Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog


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Guiseley is a small town in metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated south of Otley and Menston and is now a north-western suburb of Leeds.

It sits in the Guiseley and Rawdon ward of Leeds City Council and the Pudsey parliamentary constituency. At the 2001 census, Guiseley with Rawdon had a population of over 21,000, increasing to 22,347 at the 2011 Census.

The A65, which passes through the town, is the main shopping street. Guiseley railway station has regular train services into Leeds, Bradford and Ilkley stations on the Wharfedale Line. Guiseley is also served by the stations of Menston to the north and Baildon to the south.

Guisely was an urban district until 1937 when it was merged with other local places to become Aireborough Urban District. Historically, it was an ecclesiastical parish in the Skyrack Wapentake.

History

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There have been Stone Age and Bronze Age finds and a Roman road nearby. A Saxon settlement was around a spring which is now called Guiseley Wells and provided drinking water.[1] The name is also Saxon (from "Gislic", a name and "ley" a clearing in woodland[1]) and is listed in the Domesday Book as "Gisele."

It was a largely farming community until the 18th century, when cottage-based woollen industry arose. In Victorian times it became industrialized, acquiring a railway connection in 1865 and a Town Hall (now the theatre) in 1867.[1]

Guiseley was an ancient parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire from the 12th century. The parish also included the townships of Carlton, Horsforth, Rawdon and Yeadon, all of which became separate civil parishes in 1866.[1] In 1937 the civil parish of Guiseley was abolished and merged into the new Aireborough Urban District. In 1974 Aireborough was itself abolished and absorbed into the City of Leeds Metropolitan District in the new county of West Yorkshire.

Business

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Crompton Parkinson was a major employer until its factory closed in 2004. The town was the home of Silver Cross, a pram manufacturer, whose factory was operational from 1936 to 2002.

The town is known for Harry Ramsden, whose fish and chip shop traded from a small shed next to the tram stop. In 1930 he opened "the world's biggest fish and chip shop". The original restaurant was closed in December 2011. The Wetherby Whaler group purchased the site and planned a £500,000 refurbishment to open during the summer of 2012. The new Wetherby Whaler restaurant opened on 22 May 2012.

The Global CPAD Campaign (Community Public Access Defibrillators) was founded in Guiseley by local Community First Responder Brian Firth. The Campaign was launched in 2013 with the initial target of raising funds for one CPAD to be placed in Guiseley. The Campaign has now raised funds for in excess of 110 CPAD`s throughout the UK, having saved 5 lives during that period including that of a local councillor. One of the recent Defibrillators was actually donated on behalf of Harry Corbett and Sooty and installed at The Guiseley Theatre. The Global CPAD Campaign has also installed defibrillators at the premises originally owned by Harry Ramsdens and at the Guiseley A.F.C.

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