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West Riding
Town street middle, Farsley 1 September 2017.jpg
Town Street
Grid reference: SE217350
Location: 53°48’42"N, 1°40’18"W
Population: 22,594  (2011)
Post town: Pudsey
Postcode: LS28
Dialling code: 0113
Local Government
Council: Leeds

Farsley is a town close to Leeds in the West Riding of Yorkshire, six miles to the west of Leeds city centre, four miles east of Bradford. Farsley is situated between the two cities and near the town of Pudsey.


The name Farsley is first attested in the 1086 Domesday Book as Fersellei and Ferselleia.[1] The second element of the name comes from the Old English word leah ('open land in a wood'). The etymology of the first element is less certain, but thought either to be Old English fyrs ('gorse') or the putative *fers ('heifer'). Thus the name originally meant either a clearing characterised by gorse bushes or by grazing cattle.[2]:46


During the industrial revolution, Farsley was a centre for wool processing as there were a number of mills in the area. Sunny Bank Mills, still owned by the Gaunt family, is currently part of a huge multi-million revitalisation project bringing a new appreciation of Farsley's mill heritage.[3]

Farsley is just off the main road between Leeds and Bradford and just off the A6110 Leeds outer ring road. New Pudsey railway station is between Farsley and Pudsey providing train services towards Leeds, Bradford, Manchester Victoria and Blackpool.


Throstle Nest football ground
  • Cricket: Farsley Cricket Club
  • Football: Farsley Celtic F.C.

Outside links


  1. Farsley in the Domesday Book
  2. Harry Parkin, Your City's Place-Names: Leeds, English Place-Name Society City-Names Series, 3 (Nottingham: English Place-Names Society, 2017).
  3. "The remarkable family story behind this landmark Yorkshire mill that is still weaving a yarn". Yorkshire Post. https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/remarkable-family-story-behind-landmark-yorkshire-mill-still-weaving-yarn-2998531.