Famous People

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Adrian Boothroyd

Adrian is currently (2006) the youngest football manager in England's FA Premiership and is at Watford F.C. From Baildon, Adrian, born February 8, 1971, played for several English & Scottish clubs, including Bristol Rovers, Huddersfield Town & Heart of Midlothian F.C., before injury cut short his playing career at 26. He then went into coaching, where he worked at Norwich City and Leeds United, the latter from where he successfully applied for the Watford position in March 2005. He then quickly steered Watford away from the relegation zone in the Football League Championship, and then completely turned the team around the following season. Ironically for Adrian, Watford were promoted to the Premiership with a 3-0 Play-Off win over his previous employer, Leeds United, in May 2006

Austin Mitchell

Austin Mitchell, Labour MP for Great Grimsby since 1977, was born in Baildon. You can read some of his reminiscences of his Woodbottom Days here.

Baildon Family

The Baildon family have their own page.

Bev Risman

The rugby player Bev Risman was a Baildon resident.

Bev Risman was one of the rugby coaches for the first XV at Bradford Grammar School (he was also captain of the British Lions Rugby League team at the time).

He lived on Moorfield Drive, Baildon for a number of years.

He also invented the 'square-toed' rugby boot which was worn by many at the time, including Steve Lund, resident of Baildon 1953-1972, pupil at Bradford Grammar School, member of the first XV of Bradford Grammar, trained by Bev Risman and resident of Jersey C.I. since 1975!

Brian Close

Ex-Yorkshire & England cricket captain Brian Close made Baildon his home many years ago. I don't know how many places he lived in in Baildon but according to residents of Promrose Row he lived opposite - probably Park Lane. He was born in nearby Rawdon.

The Shoulder of Mutton that became The Little Blue Orange on Otley Road was demolished in 2018 and houses built. Suggestions were asked for as to what to name the development and the result was Brian Close Walk.

Danny Cunningham

Danny Cunningham, the actor, born 29 May 1969, lives in Baildon (2007). I have read that he was born in Bradford. He has acted in Coronation Street, Casualty, Peak Practice, Shameless - IMDB - Faith


Since the 1680s the Holdens had owned land around the present Baildon Station. Robert Holden built Baildon House in 1724. It is hidden discreetly behind a high wall in Station Road. Robert's initials are above the door. Robert Holden's son, William, had daughters Anne and Frances. Frances and her elder sister, Anne were both married in January 1809 a few weeks before the death of their father. He clearly wished to safeguard their future. They inherited his property but as married women could not own it at that time, so it was their husbands who are recorded in the Manor Court Rolls as paying one shilling and four pence each to the Lord of the Manor for their inheritance. Anne and her husband, John Lambert, lived at Baildon House. Frances lived with her husband, Edward Ferrand in Bingley. One of their daughters married Baron Amphlett who gave Baildon a fountain known as the potted meat stick as a memorial to his mother-in-law, Frances. By 1846 the sisters were widows and held the third largest amount of land in Baildon.

Holmes Family

The Holmes Family were important Baildon Worsted Manufacturers.

Ian Clough

Ian Clough (1939-1970) was one of the best British climbers of his time. On several occasions he climbed with Chris Bonnington.

In 1970 he was on an expedition, led by Chris Bonnington, to climb Annapurna. He was killed on the lower slopes by a falling ice pillar.

The Ian Clough Centre in Baildon was named after him.

John Helm

Veteran sports television commentator John Helm was born in Baildon. With a career spanning 25 years on British TV, he can still be heard commentating on football games shown on the UK's Five TV channel.

John Wesley

The first Methodist chapel for Baildon was built in Binnswell Fold in 1806. Prior to this date a number of different buildings in Baildon had been used as a meeting place, including no. 9 Browgate. It is said that in his last visit to Baildon in 1786 John Wesley preached from the arched window of this building to a large congregation gathered in the street below. You can see the arched window in this photo - http://baildon.fotopic.net/p22032604.html

Matthew Hoggard

Yorkshire & England cricket fast bowler, Matthew Hoggard, though originally from Pudsey, has lived in Baildon for some years.

Matthew cut the ribbon at the official opening of the play area and garden at Baildon Village Pre-School "hut" by the Methodist Church at the end of Binswell Fold on 14th February 2009. The play area had been funded by local businesses and organisations including Baildon Parish Council.

Photo of the plaque at the Baildon Village Pre-Achool Play Area

Richard Whiteley

Richard Whiteley was born John Richard Whiteley in Baildon in 28 December 1943. He died 26 June 2005 in Leeds General Infirmary. He was most famous for his 23-year stint as presenter of Countdown, a letters and numbers arrangement game show broadcast daily on Channel 4. An edition of Countdown was the launch programme for Channel 4 at 4:45pm on 2 November 1982, and Whiteley was the first person to be seen on the channel, discounting a programme montage. His trademarks were his jolly, avuncular manner; his fondness for bad puns; and bold wardrobe (particularly jackets and ties).

Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson built the Shipley Glen Tramway in 1895 and was a publican of the Malt Shovel on Northgate, Baildon, 1892-1894. (Another source I now can't find mentioned he was a publican of the Bay Horse but the licence register does not list Sam Wilson at the Bay Horse but does list him at the Malt Shovel)

Tony Fall

Richard Anthony Fall was born in Baildon and was one of the British drivers competing in the "golden era" of rallying in the 1960s. After leaving school, he became a car salesman, in his spare time driving a Mini as a club rally driver. He came to prominence as a works Mini driver alongside Paddy Hopkirk, Timo Makinen and Rauno Aaltonen, achieving his first major international victory in the 1966 Circuit of Ireland. He was in Tanzania, assisting the organisers of the East African Safari Classic Rally, when he was taken ill. He died in his sleep of a suspected heart attack on 1st Dec 2007 aged 67.