Warley Town

Warley Town

infobox UK place
country = England

static_image_caption = Maypole Inn, Warley Town, looking east
latitude = 53.719696
longitude = -1.913602
map_type = West Yorkshire
official_name = Warley Town
population =
metropolitan_borough = Calderdale
metropolitan_county = West Yorkshire
region = Yorkshire and the Humber
constituency_westminster =
post_town = HALIFAX
postcode_district = HX2
postcode_area = HX
dial_code =
os_grid_reference = SE057248

Warley Town is a town near Halifax in the county of West Yorkshire, England.


It was listed in the Domesday book as Werlafeslei.

Warley township, one of 23 townships in the ancient parish of Halifax, was also one of the biggest, stretching as far as Luddenden and what was to become Sowerby Bridge. The township consisted of many tiny settlements essentially based on the local farmsteads, places such as Lane End, Warley Edge, Winterburn Hill, Cliff Hill and Warley itself.

Warley remained a small settlement until the beginning of the 18th century. Then the consolidation of the Cliff Hill estate into a major land holding, coupled with the establishment of the Congregational chapel, formed the core round which the present village grew. In 1977 the Chapel was closed and converted housing now called Chantry House.

In front of the chapel, cottages were built for agricultural workers as well as larger houses for local businessmen who preferred to live in the country away from the smog of Halifax.

Warley Town is home to the amateur football team Warley Rangers. Wilfred Pickles and his wife Mabel were residents of Warley for many years, and Wilfred could occasionally be seen enjoying a pint of Websters beer in the village pub, The Maypole. During the late 1960s and 1970s The Maypole was run by Jack and June Wilkinson; Jack had previously been a well-knows rugby league player and had played for Wakefield Trinity and Halifax rugby football clubs. He also appeared as himself on the rugby pitch in the film 'This Sporting Life' which starred Richard Harris.

The writer Dr Phylis Bentley was also a famous and long-term Warley resident.

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