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Bramley Shopping Centre and bus station
Bramley is located in West Yorkshire
Population 21,681 
OS grid reference SE241344
• London 170 mi (270 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEEDS
Postcode district LS13
Dialling code 0113
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
  • Leeds West
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53°48′45″N 1°37′43″W / 53.8124°N 1.6285°W / 53.8124; -1.6285

Bramley is a district in west Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is part of the City of Leeds Ward of Bramley and Stanningley with a population of 21,334 at the 2011 Census. The area is an old industrial area with much 19th century architecture and 20th century council housing in the east and private suburban housing in the west.


Bramley is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Brameleia" and "Bramelie".

Much of Bramley was redeveloped in the 1960s and 1970s. The Bramley Shopping Centre replaced the former town centre, and was Leeds' second purpose-built town centre after Seacroft town centre.

The redevelopment of Bramley was condemned as one of the least sensitive redevelopment programmes in Yorkshire.


Bramley lies within the Parliamentary constituency of Leeds West. The Member of Parliament is Labour MP Rachel Reeves.

Parks and open areas for outdoor recreation include Bramley Falls Wood, which runs beside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and Bramley Park, which contains an underground reservoir at its highest point. At Bramley Park a fireworks display and the Bramley Carnival is held most years.

Bramley Baths are an example of Edwardian swimming baths. Built in 1904, and restored, it has a 25-metre pool, a gymnasium and a Russian steam room. The baths were used for dances during its early years, when the pool was covered with a large dance floor. The baths are among the best remaining examples of an Edwardian baths in Leeds today.

Bramley Shopping Centre is a 1960s-style concrete shopping plaza which was erected to replace the traditional stone-built village centre. Shops include charity shops, banks, travel agents, bakeries, pawnbrokers, supermarkets, a post office, Greggs, Pizza Hut Delivery, a thrift shop, a dental practice and fast food takeaways.

Estates in Bramley that have residents' associations include Moorside and Ganners, Landseer, Rossefield, and Newlay and Whitecote.

Bramley churches include those for Baptist, Nazarenes (Wesleyan), Roman Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Methodists, and two for Anglicans.

Bramley railway station (off Stanningley Road) is on the Leeds-Bradford Line. Bramley is accessible by bus routes from Leeds city centre, operated by First Leeds.

Bramley Juniors Football Club was established 1994 and runs with open-age teams. The club developed from one under-9s club in 1994. Bramley rugby league club is the Bramley Buffaloes (previously Bramley), and the Rugby union club, the Bramley Phoenix Rugby Union Club.


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  • The ancient parish of Leeds: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI (Bramley was in this parish).

Notable people

Mary Gawthorpe Bramley, Warrel's Mount
Blue plaque at Warrel's Mount, Bramley.
  • Mary Gawthorpe, the suffragette, socialist, trade unionist and editor, lived and worked in Bramley as a school teacher.
  • Ernie Wise, of Morecambe and Wise fame (born in Bramley and brought up in East Ardsley from a young age).
  • Major John Geoffrey Appleyard DSO, MC and Bar Commando and SAS War Hero was born in Bramley in 1916.
  • Jamie Peacock MBE, English professional rugby league footballer who played for the Leeds Rhinos and the Bradford Bulls in the Super League, and captained both Great Britain and England at international level, was born in Bramley in 1977.

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