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Postcode: WF17 | code search
Population: 8500
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The large West Yorkshire village of Birstall (it had a population of 8,740 at the 2001 census) has an eclectic blend of architectural styles, with some elegant Georgian structures mixing with workmanlike buildings that would be described as belonging more to the industrial revolution than any particular reign. The triangular market place is perhaps the most interesting sight within the village itself, with sturdy cobbles that still feel the tramp of market-goers every Thursday. Though it is not named in the Domesday Book, it is believed to date from well before Norman Times. The name is thought to be a corruption of Burg and Stall, and mean fortified town. Situated in a very strategic location, with Leeds (to the northwest), Huddersfield, Wakefield and Bradford around it, Birstall has good transport links thanks to its position on the M62 Ė the reason why Ikea established one of its first stores in the North in the town, easily seen from the motorway. The marketplace has a statue to Birstallís most famous son, the scientist Joseph Priestley, who among other achievements was the discoverer of oxygen. The sculpture, by Frances Darlington, dates from 1912. An honorary Birstalian is Charlotte Bronte, who used Oakwell Hall, the substantial Elizabethan residence at the end of the village, in her novel Shirley, where it is called Fieldhead. Close to the hall stands St Peterís Church, parts of which are Tudor, which is well worth a visit, and to complete the triumvirate there is the Black Bull pub in the same part of the settlement too. If you go there, donít be upset if nobody talks, within Yorkshire the people of Birstall are famed for their silence, perhaps a hangover from the time of the Luddites Ė unlike so many other villages and towns where the Luddites operated, none here was ever informed on and arrested.


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Gomersal Park (0.77 miles)

Gomersal Park

Set in our extensive grounds the Gomersal Park Hotel is a deceptively quiet setting for a Hotel only a short distance from the centre of Leeds and Bradford. The good food and wine in ... More | visit website

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Premier Inn Leeds Bradford (South) (1.23 miles)

Close to shops and local amenities Leeds city centre is only 6 miles away. Our Leeds / Bradford (South) Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy beds in every room and an onsite Brewers ... More | visit website
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Gomersal Lodge Hotel (1.47 miles)

Gomersal Lodge Hotel
The Gomersal Lodge; formerly named High Royd; was built for Mary Taylor on her return from New Zealand in 1860. Mary Taylor became famous because of her friendship with Charlotte Bronte which lasted until Charlotte's ... More | visit website
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Healey House Hotel (1.59 miles)

Healey House Hotel
Set in 2.5 acres of tree lined gardens, this 18th-century property offers a warm welcome and excellent service. Located in the town of Batley, Leeds and Halifax are both 20 minutesí drive away from Healey ... More | visit website
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Alder House Hotel (1.59 miles)

Alder House Hotel

Set in 2.5 acres of wooded gardens, just a short drive from Leeds and Bradford, this converted Georgian house provides a quiet and relaxed atmosphere for your break away.

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Innkeeper's Lodge Leeds South (1.80 miles)

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The Innkeeper's Lodge Leeds South is located four miles south of Leeds city centre on the A650, this lodge shares its grounds with the Toby Carvery restaurant at Morley. All ... More

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Healds Hall Hotel (1.85 miles)

Healds Hall Hotel

Healds Hall is a family-run hotel with a nationally acclaimed award-winning restaurant and bistro. Set peacefully in landscaped, picturesque gardens Healds Hall presents an ideal venue when planning a conference, meeting or visiting the area. ... More | visit website

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Old Vicarage Hotel (1.90 miles)

Old Vicarage Hotel

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The Old Vicarage built in 1893, formerly the home of the Vicars of Bruntcliffe, was purchased from the Church by the previous owners in 1977 and in 1986 the building ... More

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Old Vicarage Hotel (1.90 miles)

Old Vicarage Hotel
The Old Vicarage built in 1893, formerly the home of the Vicars of Bruntcliffe, was purchased from the Church by the previous owners in 1977 and in 1986 the building was sympathetically extended to form ... More | visit website
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Premier Inn Bradford South (2.38 miles)

Premier Inn Bradford South
An ideal location within easy reach of the M62, M606 and only 10 miles from the M1; Bradford city centre is only 5 miles away from this hotel. Whilst here why not visit the National ... More | visit website

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