20 Facts About Keighley


Keighley is a market town and a civil parishin the City of Bradford Borough of West Yorkshire, England.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,749

Keighley sits between the counties of West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Lancashire.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,750

Keighley was a member of the Duke of Wellington's elite 95th Rifle Regiment and fought in ten battles against the French in Spain, France and Belgium, including the Spanish Peninsula War and the Battle of Waterloo, for which he was awarded several medals, including the Peninsula Medal.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,751

Keighley is represented in the House of Commons by Conservative Member of Parliament Robbie Moore, who won the seat by defeating his predecessor John Grogan at the 2019 general election.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,752

Keighley was contested by the British National Party in the May 2005 general election, when the party's leader Nick Griffin stood for Parliament.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,753

Keighley was defeated by Ann Cryer, one of a small number of Labour MPs with an increased majority.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,754

In 1938, the boundaries of the borough and civil parish of Keighley were expanded to include the former urban districts and civil parishes of Haworth, Oakworth and Oxenhope, along with the parish of Morton from the abolished Keighley Rural District and a small part of the Bingley urban district.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,755

On 1 April 1974, Keighley borough became part of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972 in the newly formed county of West Yorkshire.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,756

River Aire passes through north eastern Keighley, dividing the neighbourhood of Stockbridge and running roughly parallel to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,757

Parts of Keighley are prone to flooding, and the town was particularly badly hit by floods in 2000.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,758

Keighley is home to Timothy Taylor Brewery, the makers of CAMRA, Champion Beer of Britain award-winning ales Landlord and Boltmaker .

FactSnippet No. 1,348,759

Keighley has the unique record of having the first recorded town twinning agreement in the world, having entered into an agreement with Poix-du-Nord, France in 1920.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,760

Keighley and Worth Valley railway is a heritage steam railway, which links the town with Haworth, Oakworth, Oxenhope and the Bronte Country.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,761

Keighley is the location of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a heritage railway that passes through Haworth and terminates at Oxenhope.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,762

Keighley has a parish church, Keighley Shared Church, and is home to many Christian denominations.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,763

Keighley has a significant Roman Catholic, minority re-established following the repeal of the penal laws.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,764

Keighley has two Roman Catholic churches and four Roman Catholic schools .

FactSnippet No. 1,348,765

Keighley Cougars are a semi-professional rugby league team based at Royd Ings Avenue.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,766

Keighley Central F C, was a football club that won the Yorkshire Football League Division 3 title in 1964.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,767

Keighley was the setting for the film Blow Dry, starring Josh Hartnett, Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy.

FactSnippet No. 1,348,768