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Silsden Town Hall
Population 8,268 (2011)
OS grid reference SE042465
• London 180 mi (290 km) SE
Civil parish
  • Silsden
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KEIGHLEY
Postcode district BD20
Dialling code 01535
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
  • Keighley
List of places
YorkshireCoordinates: 53°54′50″N 1°56′13″W / 53.914°N 1.937°W / 53.914; -1.937

Silsden is a town and civil parish situated in West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the northern slope of the Aire Valley between Keighley and Skipton. It is about 0.6 miles (1 km) from the river. Along the lower edge of the town is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The town has a population of 7,999. increasing at the 2011 Census to 8,268.


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St. James' Church, Kirkgate

Silsden was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Siglesdene", and as the most important village in Craven.

Generally an agricultural area, industry came with the canal and the Industrial Revolution. The town hosted a number of mills none of which now operate in their original form. There is still industry in the town, some in old mill buildings and some in a new industrial estate between the town and the river. The town retains some manufacturing.

In 1911 there was a riot in Silsden when the police station was attacked. A very unpopular policeman had been too enthusiastic in his duties. Questions were raised in the House of Commons and it was reported in the national press. The policeman was removed from the town and no more trouble occurred.

During the 1940s a hostel was built off Howden Road, (now a housing estate) The hostel housed refugees and PoW from various countries and various camps. A plaque to commemorate this is located at the bottom of Ings way, at the entrance to the housing estate

In 1998 a hoard of 27 gold coins dating back to the 1st century AD were found in the town and subsequently valued at £20,000 by experts appointed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

The Guinness Book of World Records reported that the biggest onion ever, at 14 lb (6.4 kg), was grown in Silsden in 2010 by Vincent Throup. However this has since been beaten.

On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield, passed through the town.


Silsden has been administered by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council since 1974. It also has its own town council.

Silsden has four public houses: the Robin Hood, the Red Lion, the Punch Bowl, and the King's Arms. There are two members' clubs: Sunnybank Social Club and Twisters Social Club.

Whilst Silsden does not have its own railway station, the Steeton and Silsden railway station is 1 mile (1.6 km) south in the village of Steeton. The station provides a link for commuters to the cities of Leeds and Bradford.

Lying between Keighley and Ilkley, Silsden is served by buses to both these towns. Silsden's public transport benefits from Silsden being part of West Yorkshire rather than North Yorkshire, the border of which runs along one end of the town.

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