13 Facts About Batley


Batley is a market town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, England.

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In 2011 the population of Batley including Hanging Heaton, Staincliffe, Carlinghow, Birstall, Birstall Smithies, Copley Hill and Howden Clough was 48,730.

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Toll road built in 1832 between Gomersal and Dewsbury had a branch to Batley which allowed for "the growing volumes of wool, cloth and coal" to be transported.

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In 1868 Batley was incorporated as a municipal borough, the former urban district of Birstall was added to it in 1937.

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Batley's business expanded, moving to larger premises in 1927 becoming Fox's Biscuits.

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Batley is home to a modest commercial and retail centre along Commercial Street.

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Batley Shopping Centre is a small shopping-centre which has more main retailers in the shopping centre such as Iceland and Asda.

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The Mill, Batley is one of the UK's largest retail mills and is a factory outlet or shopping village with many national and independent fashion and homeware operators.

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Landmarks around Batley include Oakwell Hall, Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Mount Pleasant stadium, and All Saints Church, a Grade I listed building.

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In cricket, Batley has several local teams, and is part of the cricket association for the Heavy Woollen District.

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The Heavy Woollen Cup can now be entered by any team within 18 miles of Batley, but there is an upper limit of 64 teams.

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Batley was used for location filming of the fictional town of Barfield in the 1955 film Value for Money, starring John Gregson and Diana Dors.

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Batley is the setting for the children's television programme My Spy Family.

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