Farsley

Location

Farsley is a small commuter town in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire, England 6 miles (9 km) to the west of Leeds city centre, and 4 miles (6 km) east of Bradford. It was formerly in the municipal borough of nearby Pudsey.

Farsley is just off the main road between Leeds and Bradford and just off the A6110 Leeds outer ring road and the birthplace of Ben Jackson. New Pudsey railway station is between Farsley and Pudsey providing train services towards Leeds, Bradford, Manchester Victoria and Blackpool. This station was the subject of a Monty Python sketch about a Pink Blancmange.

Amenities

Most of Farsley’s amenities are situated on or around Town Street. There is a Co-operative Group convenience store, a post office, bookmakers, several independent retailers as well as four pubs and a wine bar. Throstle Nest football ground also has facilities open to the general public. There are also several junior schools in Farsley, as well as further schools in neighbouring Pudsey. Nearby Pudsey offers a wider range of amenities, which many Farsley residents take advantage of. The nearest large supermarket is Asda at the Owlcotes Centre in Stanningley, there is also a Marks and Spencers.

There are now only 4 of the previous 11 pubs left in the town though a recent addition is a “wine bar” aptly called ‘The Village’ Bar & Bistro which is located on Town Street. ‘The Fleece’ at the bottom of Town Street was the second pub purchased by Joshua Tetley’s & Son the Leeds Brewer, and the first outside of the brewer’s grounds.

History

It is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as Fersellei also as Ferselleia. During the industrial revolution Farsley was a centre for wool processing as there were a number of mills in the area.

Transport

The only form of public transport in Farsley is bus, bus services are available to Leeds city centre, Pudsey and Bradford.

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