Morley is around 5 miles south-south-west of Leeds, 6 miles north-west of Wakefield and 8 miles south-east of Bradford.
In the centre of the town, the grand Morley Town Hall, completed in 1895, is an impressive grade I listed building with a domed clock tower and concert hall, which continues to be a popular venue for brass band and other concerts.
A relatively recent addition to Morley's main shopping street, Queen Street, is a statue of Ernie Wise, one half of the popular comedy duo Morecambe and Wise. Born in Bramley in 1925, Ernest Wiseman's career in entertainment began at the age of 12 when he won a talent contest at the Pavilion Theatre in Morley. After a career in song, dance and comedy entertainment spanning more than 60 years he died in 1999.
Morley has a railway station, but this is about a half-mile walk to the northern side of town. The railway passes in a tunnel under the hill on which the town centre stands as it heads towards Batley in the Kirklees metropolitan district.
Morley has pubs.
Morley has local traders and a supermarket.
Morley has an indoor market.
The town has pharmacies.
The town has Post Offices.
Morley has bank and building society branches.
Morley has a selection of places to eat.
A choice of cafes can be found in Morley.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, pizzas, burgers.
Morley has a town hall, including a community venue and concert hall.
The town has a library.
The town has a leisure centre with swimming pool.
Morley has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, United Reformed, other.
There are public toilets in the town.
Bus travelThe town has bus services to neighbouring towns and villages and city centres.
Morley station Station Road
(* Faster journey available involving change of trains at Dewsbury or Huddersfield)
Typical fastest journey times in minutes.
Station managed by: NORTHERN.
Operator/s: NORTHERN, TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS.
NORTHERN - Departure and station info
Link to Northern - external website providing information on all operators' services at this station.
Road travelMorley can be reached via the A650 A643 B6123 B6126 B6127 .
Places to visit
Middleton RailwayMoor Road, Hunslet, Leeds
The world's oldest working railway is now operated by volunteers who run trains mostly at weekends. The railway was first opened as a horse-drawn colliery railway in 1758 and was the first to successfully use steam locomotives commercially in 1812. The line was not built as a passenger railway, but solely for carrying coal. Passengers can now make the journey between Moor Road station and Park Halt at the edge of the attractive woodland of Middleton Park, where there are displays about the past coal mining in the area. The line has a timetable of diesel and steam operating days and special events and the engine shed is a celebration of the numerous manufacturers, among them Hudson, Hudswell Clarke and Manning Wardle, which once made Leeds the biggest producer of railway locomotives in the country. The railway is about 2 miles south of Leeds city centre close to Junctions 5 & 6 of the M621.
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Kirkstall AbbeyAbbey Road, Kirkstall
The ruins of the Cistercian Kirkstall Abbey, dating from 1152, are in public parkland alongside the River Aire at Kirkstall, 3 miles north-west of Leeds city centre.
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Oakwell Hall and Country ParkNutter Lane, Birstall
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Emergency servicesWest Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilMorley Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website
Metropolitan district councilCity of Leeds
The City of Leeds authority covers an area extending several miles beyond the city itself, including areas of agricutural land with widely spaced villages to the north east and several separate small towns including
Leeds is just one of a ring five metropolitan councils covering the many cities, towns and villages of the conurbation of West Yorkshire. Around one-third of the West Yorkshire population live in the Leeds metropolitan district, just over ¾ million at the time of the 2011 census.
In the City of Leeds metropolitan district a total of 99 councillors are elected. There are three councillors per ward across 33 wards. Councillors are usually elected for four-year terms, one councillor being elected in each of three years out of four. A Lord Mayor of Leeds is elected from the council each year.
Leeds City Council website.
Political composition after the May 2022 election:
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.