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Sights in Batley
Batley is a town in West Yorkshire, England. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the town lies 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of Bradford, 11 miles (17.7 km) west of Wakefield and 15 miles (24.1 km) northwest of Leeds. It had a population of 49,448 in 2011.
The town is the largest settlement in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees and had a population of 49,448 in 2011.
Batley is part of a special EU transformation zone. The town has a long association with the textile industry and in the 19th century was a major centre of the shoddy and mungo trade which recycled woollen items by stripping them down and mixing them together. With the decline of the textile industry in the 20th century, Batley became a primarily whitecollar town, with a large number of people working in responsible positions in banks, as solicitors, as accountants and in various managerial posts.
The town is twinned with Narva in Estonia.
Batley has a long history of rugby league and is home to the Batley Bulldogs team who play in the Championship.
The town is well known for its annual Carnival which takes place on the last Saturday in June, attracting around 20,000 visitors to the town.
Batley is served by a railway station on the Huddersfield Line with regular services to Huddersfield, Wakefield, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester.
History of Batley
Batley is a town in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. It lies 7 miles (11 km) southeast of Bradford, 7 miles (11 km) west of Leeds.
Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Batley is part of an urban area that also contains Dewsbury, Ossett and Wakefield. Batley was recorded in the Domesday Book in the 11th century as ‘Bateleia’. After the Norman conquest, the manor was granted to the De Battele family. Subsequent descent was via the Battele and Sutton families, before passing to the Mowbray family by marriage in the early 14th century. By the late 14th century, the manor had passed into the hands of the powerful families of Talbot and Scargill.
In 1455 the manor was granted by Royal Charter to John Sutton, creating the Sutton Dynasty which ruled Batley for the next 372 years. Suttons built a manor house Sutton Grange on Carlinghow Hill, and a number of other notable buildings still survive from this period including the Grade I Listed Church of All Saints, and Grade II* Listed Old Hall, both on Carlinghow Hill.
The Suttons built a strong economic and social base for the town, with coal mining, cloth manufacture, fine needle making and quarrying all providing employment in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the 18th century, the iron industry began to replace coal as the main source of employment, and Batley Carr and Shaw Cross became the centres of the local iron industry.
The 19th century saw a massive expansion of the town, with the population increasing from 5,000 in 1800 to 40,000 by 1900. This was due to the growth of the local textile industry, with wool being the main fabric produced followed by shoddy (recycled wool) and mungo (recycled cotton). The town became known as the ‘Shoddy Town’, due to the large number of shoddy mills in operation. The local economy declined in the early 20th century, with the closure of many of the town’s mills.
However, the town has undergone regeneration since the late 20th century, with the redevelopment of the town centre and the building of new housing estates. The population of the town is now around 55,000.
Vacation in Batley
Batley is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Batley is part of the Heavy Woollen District, a former industrial area. To the south of Batley is Birstall and to the northeast Morley. Both towns have historic town centres with plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants. There are several golf courses in and around Batley, as well as bowling greens, rugby, football and cricket grounds.
Batley Carnival is an annual event which has taken place since 2013 on the last Saturday in June. The carnival starts at 11:00am and goes on until 5:00pm. It starts off with a parade from Batley Sports Centre which then goes through the town centre and finishes at Batley Library. The carnival route is just over a mile long.
There are many things to see and do in Batley, whether you are looking for a relaxing break or an actionpacked holiday. Batley has something for everyone.
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