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West Riding
The New Inn - Main Street, Wilsden - geograph.org.uk - 574387.jpg
The New Inn - Main Street, Wilsden
Grid reference: SE093363
Location: 53°49’25"N, 1°51’34"W
Population: 4,807  (2011)
Post town: Bradford
Postcode: BD15
Dialling code: 01535
Local Government
Council: Bradford

Wilsden is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Wilsden is six miles west of Bradford.[1] The village stands close to the Aire Valley and to the nearby villages of Denholme, Cullingworth, Harden, Cottingley and Allerton.

The 2011 census recorded a population of 4,807.

Wilsden is an Old English name and was originally recorded as Wealhas-den, which has been interpreted as "valley of the Welsh".


The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as belonging to Gamalbarn and was part of the manor known as Allerton-cum-Wilsden.[2][3]

A map of 1818, shows Wilsden Hill, Wilsden and Lingbob as being three separate and distinct hamlets. Industrialisation led to the building of mills in the village, the first of which, Albion Mill, was built in 1810 with a further seven following in the same century. Albion Mill was demolished after it suffered a serious fire in 1990.[4]

The church of St Matthew was built in Wilsden in 1826 and was identical to the Church of St Paul in Shipley. The church was demolished in 1962 and ten years later, a modern St Matthew's church was built in a different location in the village.[5][6]

In 1886, a railway station was opened on the Queensbury to Keighley line that ran to the west of the village. The station was actually in the hamlet of Harecroft, two miles away, and was closed down in May 1955 to passengers and November 1963 to goods.[7]

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  1. About Wilsden & Harecroft: Wilsden Parish Council
  2. Wilsden in the Domesday Book
  3. James, John (1841). The History and Topgraphy of Bradford. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans. p. 365. OCLC 18077389. 
  4. WCAA 2004, pp. 8–10.
  5. "History of St Matthew's". http://www.stmatthewswilsden.org.uk/about-us/history-of-st-matthews/. 
  6. WCAA 2004, p. 24.
  7. Armour, Chris. "Wilsden". http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/w/wilsden/.