Thornbury, West Yorkshire

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Thornbury, West Yorkshire
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Thornbury Roundabout, Thornbury
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Thornbury, West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE185336
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRADFORD
Postcode district BD3
Dialling code 01274
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
53°47′53″N1°42′40″W / 53.798°N 1.711°W / 53.798; -1.711 Coordinates: 53°47′53″N1°42′40″W / 53.798°N 1.711°W / 53.798; -1.711

Thornbury is a district on the eastern edge of Bradford, in West Yorkshire, England on the border with the City of Leeds and located in the Bradford Moor ward and in the Bradford East parliamentary constituency. Thornbury is contiguous with Pudsey – part of the City of Leeds conurbation and borders Laisterdyke, and Fagley (Eccleshill Ward).

Bradford City and metropolitan borough in England

Bradford is a city in West Yorkshire, England, in the foothills of the Pennines, 8.6 miles (14 km) west of Leeds, and 16 miles (26 km) north-west of Wakefield. Bradford became a municipal borough in 1847, and received its charter as a city in 1897. Following local government reform in 1974, city status was bestowed upon the City of Bradford metropolitan borough.

West Yorkshire County of England

West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is an inland and in relative terms upland county having eastward-draining valleys while taking in moors of the Pennines and has a population of 2.2 million. West Yorkshire came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.



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Former Thornbury tramsheds now demolished

Thornbury was originally a distinct village but became part of Bradford in 1882. [1]

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Thornbury was the seat of various enterprises, namely in mechanical engineering [2] and textile manufacturing. [3] [4] On Leeds Road there were some large former tramsheds and former bus depot [5] [6] dating from when Bradford had its own tram, bus and trolleybus services. Bradford Corporation Trams had their own works in Thornbury where over 150 tram cars were built. [5]

Buffalo Bill staged a performance of his Wild West Show in Thornbury when touring England in 1903. [7]

Buffalo Bill American frontiersman and showman

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody was an American soldier, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory, but he lived for several years in his father's hometown in Toronto Township, Ontario, Canada, before the family returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas Territory.

The Kozey Picture Hall was converted from a boxing stadium and gymnasium operating as a cinema from 1912 on Leeds Old Road [8] The cinema closed in 1920 principally due to competition from the larger Lyceum Cinema opening in 1919 in nearby Laisterdyke and became a weaving shed. [8]

Gym locality for both physical and intellectual education

A gymnasium, also known as a gym, is a covered location for gymnastics, athletics and gymnastic services. The word is derived from the ancient Greek gymnasium. They are commonly found in athletic and fitness centers, and as activity and learning spaces in educational institutions. "Gym" is also slang for "fitness center", which is often an area for indoor recreation.

Laisterdyke area of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England

Laisterdyke is an area of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, situated to the east of the city on the border with City of Leeds and located in the Bradford Moor ward and in the Bradford East parliamentary constituency. Laisterdyke borders Barkerend, Bradford Moor area, Thornbury, Tyersal, and Bowling.


The Leeds Bradford Odeon multiplex cinema, Gallagher Leisure Park, Thornbury, Bradford. Leeds Bradford Odeon-1200.jpg
The Leeds Bradford Odeon multiplex cinema, Gallagher Leisure Park, Thornbury, Bradford.

On Gain Lane are British Bakeries' Bradford bakeries and the headquarters of Wm Morrison Supermarkets [9]

British Bakeries is the bread making arm of Rank Hovis McDougall, manufacturing Hovis, Nimble and Mothers Pride as well as supermarket's own brand bread for shops such as Tesco and Asda. British Bakeries parent company is Premier Foods. British Bakeries had two factories in Bradford, one in Thornbury and one on Thornton Road, which closed recently as well as further factories in Kingston upon Hull, and Wigan.

Morrisons chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, trading as Morrisons, is the fourth largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom, and is headquartered in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.

Off Leeds Old Road in the Woodhall Retail Centre are supermarkets and the Thornbury Medical Centre. On Leeds Old Road is the Thornbury Centre, a conference centre, library and church opened in March 1999, built on the site of the demolished St. Margaret's Church with £1.19 million funding from the Millennium Commission. [10] [11] There is only one working public house remaining in Thornbury. [12]

St. Margarets Church and the Thornbury Centre, Leeds Old Road The Thornbury Centre-1200.jpg
St. Margarets Church and the Thornbury Centre, Leeds Old Road

On Dick Lane in the Gallagher Leisure Park is the Odeon Leeds-Bradford a 13 screen multiplex cinema. [8]


On the edge of old Thornbury village is Laisterdyke Leadership Academy. Thornbury has a public lending library in the Thornbury Centre on Leeds Old Road. [13]


The main roads through the area are the A647 Leeds Road, the B6381 Leeds Old Road, Gain Lane and Dick Lane. Leeds Road, Leeds Old Road, and Dick Lane meet at Thornbury roundabout, the biggest roundabout in Yorkshire, [14] where Leeds Road, Gipsy Street, and Dick Lane encircle a roughly triangular green space.

New Pudsey 1 mile (1.6 km) east is the nearest railway station.

Thornbury is served by First Bradford's 72, 508, 611/X11, 660, 711, 714, X6, M and MORR services. [15]


To the east of Thornbury is the Phoenix Park Golf Course. [16]

Notable people

The poet and novelist Joolz Denby lives in Thornbury.

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