Shipley adjoins the UNESCO World Heritage site village of Saltaire a little way up the river and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Shipley has a long history as a village at an important crossroads where the road from Bradford — heading north in the direction of Otley along the valley of the Bradford Beck — meets the valley of the river Aire and its route between Skipton and Leeds.
Its major growth as a town came through the industrial revolution with the establishment of textile mills and industry associated with the woollen trade in Bradford.
As practical and cost-conscious transport routes were generally built along valleys by the investors of the late-Georgian and Victorian period, Shipley also became an important junction linking Bradford via the short Bradford Canal to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal running along the Aire Valley. Similarly when the valley route was chosen for construction of the Leeds and Bradford Railway in the mid-1840s, Shipley became an important triangular railway junction as the railway was soon extended up the valley towards Keighley and Skipton.
A Shipley Local Board became Shipley Urban District Council from 1895 until it was absorbed into the large Bradford metropolitan district in 1974. The Urban District Council was granted addition powers in 1912 in relation to water, gas and electricity supply in the Shipley area. In its later years, the council was based at the impressive Shipley Town Hall, built in 1932. While Shipley was served only by the large Bradford metropolitan authority from 1974, interest in more-local government has recently been renewed with the formation in 2020 of a Shipley Town Council, albeit now having only the very limited responsibilities allowed of a civil parish council.
While the 1930s Town Hall provided a building with Georgian-style overtones, a major clearance of many of Shipley's central older buildings in the middle of the 20th century led to the creation of a town centre of post-war-modern architecture around an enlarged market place and provided the unusual landmark of the tower over the entrance of its underground indoor market.
Outdoor market days continue to be an attraction with a range of goods including fresh produce on Fridays and Saturdays and second-hand items on Mondays.
The town is on the River Aire.
Shipley is on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets.
Shipley has an indoor and an outdoor market - (Mon Fri Sat).
Shipley has pubs.
The town has Post Offices.
The town has pharmacies.
Shipley has bank and building society branches.
A choice of cafes can be found in Shipley.
Shipley has a selection of places to eat.
Shipley has takeaway food outlets.
Places to stay in Shipley include hotel accommodation.
The town has a library - at Well Croft.
Shipley has a community hall.
The town has a leisure centre with swimming pool.
Shipley has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, United Reformed, Islamic, other.
LNER London to Skipton train does not stop at Shipley.
(May-Dec 2022 timetable)
Station managed by: NORTHERN. Operator/s: LNER, NORTHERN.
NORTHERN - Departure and station info
Link to Northern - external website providing information on all services at this station.
Link to Metro - external web page with details of services and buses at Shipley Market Square.
Road travelShipley can be reached via the A650 A657 A6037 A6038
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
Find out more at the
Locate on map:
Keighley and Worth Valley RailwayKeighley Station and stations along the Worth Valley
The earliest of Yorkshire's
Find out more at the
HaworthHaworth, around 4 miles south of
Emergency servicesWest Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilShipley 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 2022 election was:
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.