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Bar Lane in Riddlesden
Grid reference: SE080424
Location: 53°52’48"N, 1°52’59"W
Post town: Keighley
Dialling code: 01535
Local Government
Council: Bradford

Riddlesden is a Yorkshire village which has become a suburb of Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The village is beside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal,[1], two miles east of Keighley town centre, on the B6265 road between Keighley and Bingley.


Riddlesden is recorded in the Domesday Book as belonging to the King.[2] The name of the village appears throughout history as Redlesden and as Redelesden and it derives from the name of a wooded vale (or farm) of Rœd or Redwulf.[3][4]

In 1773, the Bingley to Skipton section of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal was opened. Riddlesden had several wharves which allowed for the exportation of coal from the nearby collieries.[5] Coal was mined at Riddlesden between 1700 and the early 1920s.[6]

The manor of Riddlesden, incorporating both houses (East and West Riddlesden Halls),[7] was the breeding place of the Airedale Heifer, a legendary heavy cow similar in stature to the Craven Heifer.[8] A pub called the Airedale Heifer is located in nearby Sandbeds, just to the east.[9][10]

About the village

East Riddlesden Hall

East Riddlesden Hall is in the care of the National Trust. It was built in 1642 by a wealthy Halifax clothier, James Murgatroyd. There is a mediæval tithebarn in the grounds.[11]

A lot of walkers and campers and various clubs, including the Scouts, are attracted to the village because of its sights, such as the peculiarly shaped cliff known as "turtle rock" to locals.

Outside links

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  1. Knights, David (23 March 2018). "Boost for canal towpath between Silsden and Riddlesden". Keighley News. https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/16113025.boost-for-canal-towpath-between-silsden-and-riddlesden/. 
  2. Riddlesden in the Domesday Book
  3. Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 386 ISBN 0198691033
  4. Johnston, James B (1915). The Place-names of England and Wales. London: J Murray. p. 417. OCLC 457619292. https://archive.org/details/cu31924028011298. 
  5. Gill, M C (2004). Keighley coal : (a history of coal mining in the Keighley district). Sheffield: Northern Mine Research Society. p. 7. ISBN 0-901450-57-X. 
  6. Shand, Alistair (17 January 2013). "Pit shaft discovered during Riddlesden roadworks". Keighley News. https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/10168099.pit-shaft-discovered-during-riddlesden-roadworks/. 
  7. National Heritage List 1313939: West Riddlesden Hall (Grade I listing)
  8. Speight, Harry (1891). Through Airedale from Goole to Malham. London: E Stock. p. 178. OCLC 5824116. 
  9. National Heritage List 1199346: Airedale Heifer Public House and Attached Barn (Grade II listing)
  10. Shand, Alistair (30 July 2015). "Pub opens its doors after major refurbishment". Keighley News. https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/13508261.pub-opens-its-doors-after-major-refurbishment/. 
  11. Winn, Christopher (2010). I never knew that about Yorkshire. London: Ebury. pp. 123–124. ISBN 978-0-09-193313-5.