infobox UK place
country = England
map_type= West Yorkshire
City of Bradford
region= Yorkshire and the Humber
postcode_district = BD20
Silsden is an English
townsituated in West Yorkshire. It lies on the northern slope of the Aire river valley between Keighleyand Skipton. It is about 0.6 miles (1km) from the river. Along the lower edge of the town is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Silsden was mentioned in the 1086
Domesday Book("Siglesdene") as the most important village in Craven.
Generally an agricultural area, industry came with the canal and the
Industrial Revolution. The town hosted a number of mills none of which now operate in their original form. There is still industry in the town, some in old mill buildings and some in a new industrial estate between the town and the river. The town retains some manufacturing.
In 1998 a hoard of 27 gold coins dating back to the 1st century AD were found in the town and subsequently valued at £20,000 by experts appointed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. [ [http://treasurehunting.tv/?p=88 The Silsden Hoard] ]
The Guinness Book of World Records says that the biggest onion ever was grown by Vincent Throup in Silsden, England, at convert|10|lb|14|oz|kg|abbr=on
While Silsden does not have its own railway station, there is a station 1.6 km from the village in nearby
Steeton. Even so the station is well patronised by Silsden residents as it serves the cities of Leedsand Bradford. With modern electric trains it is well used by commuters. In deference to Steeton's larger neighbour the official name of the station is Steeton and Silsden.
Keighleyand IlkleySilsden is well served by buses to both of these towns. Silsden's public transport benefits from Silsden being part of West Yorkshirerather than North Yorkshirethe border of which runs along one end of the village.
Administration and democracy
Silsden has been administered by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council since 1974. It also has its own town council.
Silsden has been the home of a number of personalities over the years. The Lampkin family settled in the town after WW2 and Arthur, Martin and Douglas Lampkin, commonly caled
Dougie Lampkinwere champions in motorcycle off road sport. Martin Lampkinand his son Douglas were both world trials champions.
Henry Price, the
Fifty Shilling Tailorsstarted his first shop in Silsden. With this fortune the now Sir Henry Pricebought Wakehurst Placewhich is now owned by the National Trust.
April 27 1995, a one-off anthology supernaturaldrama, titled "Chiller", aired in which episode 6, titled "number 6" featured Silsden. Silsden was featured almost for the entire one-hour episode, from locations all across the town. Details of the series can be found [http://www.tv.com/chiller/show/13755/episode_guide.html here] and [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0324723/ here] .
Bonapartes Restaurant, located on Kirkgate, was the subject of the first-ever episode of
Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" in 2004. After the show aired, Bonapartes' owner Sue Ray threatened to take legal action against Ramsay, Channel 4and the programme makers, Optomen, after claiming that the show put her £400,000 in debt. Christine Hall, producer of "Kitchen Nightmares", refused to accept the blame, stating Ray only had herself to blame. [ [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article456638.ece "Ramsay's nightmare put me out of business"] - TimesOnline] The programme revisited the restaurant in the second series, but Ray would only talk to Ramsay off-camera.
In June 2006, Ramsay won a High Court case against the "
London Evening Standard", which had alleged, after reports from Ray, that scenes and the general condition of Bonapartes had been faked. Ramsay was awarded £75,000 plus costs. Ramsay said at the time: "I won't let people write anything they want to about me. We have never done anything in a cynical, fake way."cite web
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5098094.stm
title = "Chef Ramsay wins £75,000 damages"
* [http://silsden.net/ Silsden.net] - Local resource
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