Morley

West Yorkshire

Morley is a town in the Leeds metropolitan district of West Yorkshire.

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.

 Town features


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.

Travel

Bus travel

The town has bus services to neighbouring towns and villages and city centres.

Morley station

Managed by: Northern
Operator/s: Northern - TransPennine Express -


Northern - Morley   Station and departure information at Northern website.

Road travel

Morley can be reached via the A650 A643 B6123 B6126 B6127 .


Places to visit

Middleton Railway

Moor 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.

More information at the  Middleton Railway website.

Kirkstall Abbey

Abbey 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.

More information at these  Leeds City Council - Kirkstall Abbey web pages.  Find Kirkstall Abbey on map

Oakwell Hall

Nutter Lane, Birstall
Oakwell Hall is a splendid grade I listed Elizabethan Manor house in an extensive country park around 4 miles north-north-west of Dewsbury, near Birstall. The house was built in 1583 by John Batt and is furnished as the family home in the late 17th century and is surrounded by gardens reflecting the garden styles of that period. Oakwell Hall was the inspiration of Fieldhead in Charlotte Brontë's novel Shirley. The hall also has information on the English Civil War battle of Adwalton Moor, the site of which is a walk of about a mile from the hall. The Hall is surrounded by a 110-acre country park which includes woodland, farmland and a reclaimed colliery site. There are trail-marked paths around the park which includes ponds and nature information boards. There is also a visitor centre at the hall, a gift shop, playground and nature trail. There are car parks for both the house and the country park, accessed from Nutter Lane, Birstall.
Locate on map:  Oakwell Hall

Emergency services

West Yorkshire Police  West Yorkshire Police website.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government


Civil parish council

Morley Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website  Morley Town Council

Metropolitan district council

City 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 Garforth, Guiseley, Morley, Otley, Pudsey, Rothwell, Wetherby and Yeadon.

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. In 2018 all 99 were elected following a ward boundary review. A Lord Mayor of Leeds is elected from the council each year.

Link to council website
 Leeds City Council .

The political composition after the May 2018 election was:
612265 MBI3 GSIG2
The political composition after the May 2019 election is:
572385 MBI3 GSIG3
99 members   MBI = Morley Borough Independents. GSIG = Garforth and Swillington Independent Group.




County strategic authority

West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield - which were at one time provided by a West Yorkshire metropolitan county council, with the addition of the non-contiguous City of York council and unelected Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.
 West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.

Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
 Police and Crime Commissioner West Yorkshire website.

Fire Authority

West 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.
 West Yorkshire Fire Authority web pages.

Ceremonial county

West Yorkshire

Historic

Within the West Riding of Yorkshire


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