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(January 2010) Coordinates: 53°52′30″N 1°42′22″W / 53.875°N 1.706°W / 53.875; -1.706 Guiseley Otley Road, Guiseley Guiseley  Guiseley shown within West Yorkshire Population 21,000  OS grid reference SE193422 Metropolitan borough City of Leeds Metropolitan county West Yorkshire Region Yorkshire and the Humber Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town LEEDS Postcode district LS20 Dialling code 01943 Police West Yorkshire Fire West Yorkshire Ambulance Yorkshire EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber UK Parliament Pudsey List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire Guiseley is a small town in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire, England. Situated south of Otley and Menston, it is a suburb of north west Leeds. At the 2001 census, Guiseley together with Rawdon had a population of over 21,000.[1] The A65, which passes through the town, is the main shopping street. Guiseley railway station has regular train service into Leeds and Ilkley. Contents 1 History 2 Business 3 Religion 4 Sports 5 Schools 6 Notable residents 7 Geography 8 References 9 External links History The settlement of Guiseley predates the Domesday Book. Its name is of Saxon origin. It was named "Gisele" in the Domesday Book, much of the Aire valley was once wooded and "ley" means a clearing in the woodland.[2] Guiseley's church dedicated to St Oswald was the centre of a large parish that included many surrounding villages. It used by generations of the Longfellow family. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's grandfather left here for the New World in the 18th century. The rector of St Oswald's for several decades was Rev. Robert More, who died in 1642. He was the father-in-law of the English explorer, Capt. Christopher Levett.[3] Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell were married at St Oswald's and became the parents of six children, including Anne, Charlotte and Emily Brontë. Business Harry Ramsdens Crompton Parkinson was a major employer in the town until its factory closed in 2004. The town was also the home of Silver Cross, a pram manufacturer, whose factory was in Guiseley from 1936 to 2002.[4] The town is most famous for Harry Ramsden, who sold fish and chips from a small shed next to the tram stop. In 1930 he opened his first fish restaurant (which is still trading) and was, for many years, "the world's biggest fish and chip shop". Harry Corbett's famous children's television glove puppet character Sooty stage act was conceived in his parents' "Springfield" fish and chip shop on Springfield Road in Guiseley. The restaurant was featured in a BBC documentary in Spring 2008 and now boasts the slogan 'As Seen on TV' on the shopfront. Religion Guiseley Baptist Church, built in 1883, is situated on Oxford Road near the heart of the old town. Today it has a growing congregation of all ages and in March 2009 moved from one to two services on Sunday mornings to cope with its growing congregation. The church provides activities throughout the week for people of all ages. Sports Guiseley hosts its semi-professional football team, Guiseley A.F.C., at Nethermoor Park, who, as of the start of the 2010/11 season were in the Blue Square North. It also has a cricket team, which shares the club house and plays in the Airedale-Wharfedale Senior Cricket League.[5] Aireborough RUFC[6] is also situated in Guiseley at Nunroyd Park. Schools Guiseley School is situated on Fieldhead Road.[7] It was built as a secondary modern in the 1960s and is sometimes known locally as Fieldhead School. The local grammar was Aireborough Grammar School which opened in 1910 and closed in 1991.[8] Primary schools in the town include Tranmere Park School[9] and St. Oswald's C of E School.[10] Notable residents Victorian actress Adelaide Neilson, although born in Leeds, passed the majority of her childhood in the village of Guiseley, where she worked at Green Bottom Mill and was a nursemaid to a local family, before running away to seek her fortune in London. The former Yorkshire and England cricket captain Brian Close lived in the town during his childhood and still lives there now. David Carter, now a well known landscape photographer, was a resident during his childhood. Well-known people who currently live in Guiseley include the singer Tasmin Archer, known for her number one single "Sleeping Satellite", rugby league coach Brian Noble, and jazz/easy listening singer Peter Grant. Barney Colehan lived in Guiseley until his death in 1991. He is buried in Guiseley cemetery on Chevin End Road. Geography Guiseley is situated on the higher land to the north of the Aire Valley. The A65 road passes through and there is a railway station and Leeds Bradford Airport is nearby. Menston Otley Pool in Wharfedale Rombalds Moor Bramhope    Guiseley     Esholt Yeadon Leeds Bradford Airport References ^ "2001 Census Pdf". Retrieved 20 September 2010.  ^ ^ Will of Rev. Robert More, Christopher Levett of York: The Pioneer Colonist in Casco Bay, James Phinney Baxter, Printed for the Gorges Society, Vol. 5, Portland, Maine, 1893 ^ Silver Cross Story 1877 - prams, pushchairs, car seats and other nursery equipment ^ "Home". Retrieved 20 September 2010.  ^ "Aireborough RUFC". Retrieved 20 September 2010.  ^ "Home - Guiseley School Website". Retrieved 20 September 2010.  ^ "Aireborough Grammar School". Retrieved 20 September 2010.  ^ "Tranmere Park". Retrieved 20 September 2010.  ^ "St Oswald's C of E Junior School, Leeds :: Home Page". Retrieved 20 September 2010.  External links Guiseley On The Net Guisely Baptist Church website Guiseley School website "The Ancient Parish of Guiseley". GENUKI. 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