Your Personal Town Guide
West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire

From the deep valleys of the Pennines to the Vale of York, West Yorkshire has a huge variety of cities, towns and villages.

Much of the wealth of the county came from textiles. Many of these communities like Heptonstall, Holmfirth and Addingham are relatively unchanged. But as the trade grew Wakefield, Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford prospered. Saltaire, outside of Bradford, was built solely as a mill village in the 1850s. Smaller mill towns include Dewsbury and Batley.

Wharfedale is much more rural: Otley and Wetherby are market towns. Ilkley is a Spa town and attracted wealthy people to stay.

The Yorkshire mining belt included Wakefield and Castleford. Pontefract was a royal town with its own castle and played an important role in the Wars of the Roses.

Haworth is very popular due to its literary association with the Bronte sisters. The nearby town of Keighley is connected to Haworth by a steam railway.

The area is easy to get around and many of these towns grew alongside the building of canals and railways: Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Bingley.

They are all distinct communities with many fine buildings from castles and abbeys to Georgian and Victorian civic centres.

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