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Keighley - West Yorkshire

Keighley SquareKeighley is situated approximately 3 miles from Haworth village about 400ft above sea level. You can take a 360 degree view at the town square here...

First known record appears in the Domesday book in 1086 spelt as Chichleai. There have been a variety of spellings: Kithelai, Keghelay before the now accepted Keighley which should be pronounced as "Keethley".

Keighley Town HallIn the early 1800's Keighley industry was mainly worsted manufacture due to having a good water supply and some coal seams in the locality. Expansion of the wool trade continued, and by 1850's there were over thirty mills operating in the area. The increasing need to transport cloth meant it was necessary to link the area into the rail network.

Keighley stationOn 16th March 1847 Keighley station was opened providing a link to Leeds and Bradford. On 13th April 1867 the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway was officially opened. Find out more about the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) here...

Cliffe CastleKeighley has a museum which is at Cliffe Castle. This was the home of Henry Isaac Butterfield (1818 - 1912) who was a wealthy textile manufacturer. Some of the rooms are furnished in the Victorian period, the rest of the museum houses the collection of geological specimens, stained glass and various artifacts. You can take a 360 degree view of the grounds here...

Keighley Playhouse The Keighley Playhouse is situated at 5 Devonshire Street, Keighley, BD21 2BH. The society has been performing plays regularly since 1948.

The Keighley Playhouse performs seven plays each season ranging from comedies to thrillers and from dramas to farces. Season tickets may be bought (seven plays for the price of six) and the bar is open 30 minutes before curtain up at 7.30pm. Beat the queue by ordering your drink for the interval. Tea and biscuits are also on offer and brought to your seat.

There are various concessions and special prices for opening night's. Tickets can be booked by telephone on 08451 267 859 in advance or in person at Reid's Bookshop, Cavendish Street, Keighley (two weeks prior to each play).

For more information visit the website www.keighleyplayhouse.co.uk or email infoplay@btinternet.com

Pugin churchOn North St there is St Anne's Roman Catholic church which was built in 1840. It was designed by the famous architect and designer, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852). He is famous for working on the interior and exterior designs of the Houses of Parliament which were built by Sir Charles Berry. Pugin's architecture was in the Gothic style which he sought to emulate and not merely to copy. Take a 360 degree view inside the church here...

Riddlesden HallRiddlesden Hall a 17th-century manor house is situated about 1½ miles from Keighley centre. It was bought in 1631 by James Murgatroyd, the family had made their fortune in cloth manufacture. The Hall was due to be demolished in the 1930's but was saved and is now under the care of the National Trust. 360 degree view of the grounds here...

Vintage Carriages TrustThe Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT) is situated next to the the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway at Ingrow Railway Centre, which is about a mile from Keighley centre. The VCT was formed in the late 1960s by a group of volunteers whose interest was in wooden bodied carriages. More about the Vintage Carriages Trust here...

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