Warley Town is an area of Halifax in the county of West Yorkshire, England.[1] Warley is a ward of Calderdale. The population of this ward as taken at the 2011 Census was 12,215.[2]

Warley Town
Maypole Inn, Warley Town, looking east
Warley Town is located in Calderdale
Warley Town
Warley Town
Warley Town is located in West Yorkshire
Warley Town
Warley Town
Location within West Yorkshire
Population12,215 (Warley Ward. 2011)
OS grid referenceSE057248
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHALIFAX
Postcode districtHX2
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
List of places
53°43′11″N 1°54′49″W / 53.719696°N 1.913602°W / 53.719696; -1.913602Coordinates: 53°43′11″N 1°54′49″W / 53.719696°N 1.913602°W / 53.719696; -1.913602


Warley Town was listed in the Domesday book as Werlafeslei.[3]

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 [4] 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, around which the present village grew. In 1977 the chapel was closed and converted into 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 Webster's beer in the village pub, The Maypole. During the late 1960s, and 1970s The Maypole was run by Jack Wilkinson and his wife June; Jack had previously been a well-known rugby league player and had played for Wakefield Trinity and Halifax rugby league football clubs. He also appeared as himself on the rugby pitch in the film This Sporting Life.

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

Patrick Brontë, father of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, and of Branwell Brontë, lived for a time in Warley Town in a house called "The Grange" next to the congregational chapel. The Church of St John the Evangelist was completed in 1878.[5]

As part of British Telecom's ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ programme, the Warley Community Association adopted the disused BT telephone box and transformed it into a museum of local history, said to be the smallest museum in England.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 104 Leeds & Bradford (Harrogate & Ilkley) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319231654.
  2. ^ "Calderdale Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Warley | Domesday Book". opendomesday.org.
  4. ^ "Cliff Hill, Cliff Hill Lane". Primelocation. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St John the Evangelist,Warley, Halifax, West Yorkshire (1259129)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Warley Museum". 9 March 2013.

External linksEdit

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