Dudley Hill

Dudley Hill is a village in the borough of City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England and is in Tong ward.

Dudley Hill
Dudley Hill is located in West Yorkshire
Dudley Hill
Dudley Hill
Location within West Yorkshire
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBradford
Postcode districtBD4
Dialling code01274
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
List of places
53°46′21″N 1°43′12″W / 53.772584°N 1.719918°W / 53.772584; -1.719918Coordinates: 53°46′21″N 1°43′12″W / 53.772584°N 1.719918°W / 53.772584; -1.719918


There are a few mentions of the name Dudley Hill prior to the industrial revolution.

Religious historyEdit

John Wesley (1703-1791) visited Dudley Hill in 1744.[1] The Wesleyan Sunday School opened in 1816, the Wesleyan Chapel in 1823 and the Ebenezer Primitive Methodists Chapel opened in 1833 and in 1861 Salem Chapel opened on Sticker Lane.[1]

Industrial historyEdit

To the north Bowling Iron Works was founded in 1788.[1] Terry's Mill opened in 1823, and Albion Mill, and Perseverance Mill appeared after 1850.[1] Industry Mill was destroyed in a fire in 1890 but rebuilt in brick.[1] In 1935 Jubilee Mills opened.[1]

Transport historyEdit

Dudley Hill was at the junction of three turnpikes: the Cutler Heights to Bradford turnpike (1740) down Rooley Lane; the Bradford to Wakefield turnpike (1752) and Dudley Hill, Killinghall and Harrogate turnpike (1804) along Sticker Lane.[1][2]

Dudley Hill railway station was opened in 1856 with a new larger station in 1875. The passenger service ended in 1952 and it was closed to freight in 1979.[1]

In 1903 electric trams came to Dudley Hill.[1] In 1911 Britain's first trolleybus service commenced operation between Laisterdyke and Dudley Hill.[3][4] The service stopped in 1972,[3] the last trolleybus service in the UK.

Commercial historyEdit

The 600 seat Picture Palace cinema on Tong Street was designed for Walter Goodall (1868-1933) by architects Howorth & Howorth of Cleckheaton and opened in 1912 - the cinema closed in 1967 and became a Bingo club then a carpet and bedroom furniture salesroom.[5] In 2016 it was designated a Grade II listed building by Historic England.[6]

Educational historyEdit

The Bierley National School was built in 1870, Lorne Street School in 1874 and Dudley Hill School in 1878.[1]


Dudley Hill has a police station,[7]call centre, post office and a medical centre. There is also a wide range of independent shops, a pub,[8]Iceland, Wynsors World of Shoes, Poundstretcher, Pet City, Superdrug, a Gala Bingo, and a range of takeaways.

The only listed building in Dudley Hill is the Grade II listed former Dudley Hill Picture Palace.[6][9]


Dudley Hill First School[10] and a high school situated on Tong Street.


The Bradford Dudley Hill Rugby League Club is on Lower Lane.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Dudley Hill Local History Group; Ed: Gina Bridgeland. Dudley Hill: Memories of a Bygone Age.
  2. ^ Eccleshill Local History Group (January 1990). Memories of Eccleshill. Department of External Studies, University of Leeds.
  3. ^ a b Gould, Peter. "General History: The Trolleybus in Britain 1911-1972". Local Transport History. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Community Info Provided by Bradford Online". Bradford online. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  5. ^ Sutton, Colin (2004). "Bradford - Dudley Hill Picture Palace History". Bradford Timelines. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b Historic England. "Former Dudley Hill Picture Palace (1431458)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ "West Yorkshire Police, Dudley Hill Centre". Addresses and Postcodes. Retrieved 29 July 2016.; "Dudley Hill Police Station - Dudley Hill Centre, Harry Street, Bradford". 118118. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Pubs in Dudley Hill". Pubs Galore. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Former Dudley Hill Picture Palace". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Dudley Hill First School". EduBase. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Bradford Dudley Hill RLFC". Pitchero. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.

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