Although its origins are probably as an Anglo-Saxon crossing point of the River Aire, Bingley became a market town which received a market charter more than 800 years ago in 1212 from King John.
An open market is still held in the Town Square on Fridays and Saturdays, selling fresh produce, flowers and plants, shoes and more.
Bingley has a large number of historic and listed buildings, particularly around its Old Main Street, near to the town's Church of All Saints, which was built in the late 15th century with additions and alterations during restoration in the 1870s.
The town is on the River Aire and on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at a point where the canal ascends through the steep flights of Bingley's Three Rise and Five Rise Locks.
Bingley also became well-known in the 1960s after the merger of two building societies formed in 1851 produced the Bradford and Bingley. The brand was known in towns across the country and had its headquartes in Main Street in Bingley. The building society became a bank in 2000, but had got into difficulties by 2008, leading to its branch network being taken over by the Santander Group and remaining assets, existing mortgages and liabilities being taken into public ownership by the Government and closed to new business. Bradford and Bingley headquarters are now at Crossflatts, about a mile from Bingley.
The town is near to the River Aire.
Bingley is on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets.
Bingley holds a traditional outdoor market(Fri,Sat)
The town has a Post Office.
Bingley has a bank.
The town has pharmacies.
The town has pubs and social clubs.
Bistro and cafe dining can be found in Bingley.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chicken, chinese, curries, pizzas, burgers, kebabs, sandwiches.
The town has a library.
Bingley has a theatre - Bingley Little Theatre.
The town has a swimming pool.
Bingley has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed.
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Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelBingley can be reached via the A650 B6265 B6429
Places to visit
About 4 miles north-north-west of Bradford,
East Riddlesden Hall
The attractive 17th century home of a cloth merchant includes an array of needlework from the era. The house is set in colourful and peaceful gardens with an outdoor discovery garden and children's play area. The property, around 1.5 miles to the north-east of
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Keighley and Worth Valley RailwayKeighley Station and stations along the Worth Valley
The earliest of Yorkshire's
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HaworthHaworth, around 4 miles south of
Emergency servicesWest Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilBingley Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website:
Metropolitan district council
The City of Bradford authority covers an area extending many miles beyond the city itself, including areas of moorland of The Pennines and Ilkley Moor, parts of Wharfedale and Airedale and the Worth Valley.
The area includes many separate small towns and villages, among them
Councillors are elected across 30 wards with three councillors per ward.
One councillor per ward is elected for a four-year term on each of three years out of four.
City of Bradford MDC website.
Political composition after the May 2023 election is:
County strategic authorityWest Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of
Operates with elected mayor Tracy Brabin as chairman and as decision-maker for some responsibilities after May 2021 election.
Police and Crime CommissionerThe Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
This role has become one of the many responsibilities of the West Yorkshire elected mayor since May 2021.
Fire AuthorityWest Yorkshire Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield.