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West Riding
Keighley Road, Oakworth
Grid reference: SE031388
Location: 53°50’46"N, 1°57’14"W
Post town: Keighley
Postcode: BD22
Local Government
Council: Bradford

Oakworth is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, near Keighley, by the River Worth. The name "Oakworth" indicates that the village was first established in a heavily wooded area.

Oakworth railway station is on the route of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and was a location in the 1968 TV series and 1970 film The Railway Children.[1]


In the Domesday Book of 1086, Oakworth is called "Acurde", from the Old English, ac weorð, translated as an oak clearing. It was taxed on c120 acres of arable ploughland shared by the Norsemen Vilts and Gamel Bern.[2] Vilts also owned Newsholme and Utley; and Gamel Bern was of the family of noblemen that held the most land in Northern England. However, later, on folio 327r, the Domesday Book states of Oakworth lands that "Gamal Bern had them; Gilbert Tison has them" for in the Harrying of the North all lands were taken from Anglo-Scandinavians and given to Norman Lords.


Holden Park in Oakworth occupies the grounds of an historic house owned by Sir Isaac Holden, an inventor who is said to have invented the lucifer match and revolutionised the process of wool carding.[3] After Holden's death in 1897, his house, called Oakworth House, and its contents were sold at auction, and the house was all but destroyed by fire in 1907.[4] All that remains of the original building is the portico.[5]

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Oakworth)


  1. "The Railway Children | KWVR - Keighley & Worth Valley Railway". 10 September 2014. http://kwvr.co.uk/explore/plan-your-visit/the-railway-children/. 
  2. {{cite web|last1=Powell-Smith|first1=Anna|title=Oakworth | Domesday Book|url=http://Oakworth in the Domesday Book
  3. {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=encyclopaedia }} (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  4. "Oakworth conservation area assessment". Bradford Council. October 2005. p. 8. https://www.bradford.gov.uk/media/2483/oakworthconservationareaassessment.pdf. 
  5. "Oakworth conservation area assessment". Bradford Council. October 2005. p. 13. https://www.bradford.gov.uk/media/2483/oakworthconservationareaassessment.pdf.