Baildon Areas

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This page will give some details of particular Baildon areas.

Areas with their own pages

These areas of Baildon have their own pages.

A view looking up Browgate towards Towngate. Taken around 1920. John Wesley House on the left - shown as Rhodes grocers shop. Fountain Buildings and old Browgate shops on the right. Saville's sweet store advertising Tordoff's and Broke.Bond's tea, Robin Starch and Globe Metal Polish. Beyond is Bentley's beneath the Mechanics Institute advertising agencies for Rockcliffe Laundry and a Perth Dye works. The Wesleyan Chapel advertises T H Mallinson and J H Cook as the preachers next Sunday.


Shops and houses at the junction of Browgate, Baildon Road, Station Road and Cliffe Avenue/

Building Use

4 The Staithes

  • Baildon Fisheries. 2018.
  • White House Pizza. 2013
  • Threshfield Bakery Ltd. 1964. [1]
    • This is the bakery on the corner of Cliffe Ave
    • Tel:51416
    • Home-made bread & confectionery. Freshly made on the premises.

To the right of Threshfield Bakery in 1960s?[2]

  • Butcher's
  • Cordingleys off licence
  • Chaplins green grocers

Ruby Broadley had a baby clothes shop at the end of Cliffe Avenue[2]

1 Station Road

  • Murgatroyd's Confectioners. 1964.[1]
    • Also 52 Otley Road
  • Charlie's Confectioner's & Chocolatier - photo below.

93 Baildon Road

  • Post Office
    • Post Office for sale. Dec 2018.

Super opportunity to acquire this very popular Mains Post Office which occupies a highly prominent position in this much sought after village (they have a full bureau for currency). The business is being sold for genuine reasons and is accordingly priced to sell – VIEWING IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HERE as the shop fit out is excellent and the retail turnover could be so much higher with an able and enthusiastic owner at the helm. The premises are held on a secure lease and offers huge potential to do so much more. This is a substantial detached property with a highly prominent frontage and easy on street parking. Internally is a large and superbly fitted retail shop with three position Post Office counter to the rear. Store room / staff room and WC. To the first floor is a generously proportioned six bedroom flat which could be sub let to return £600 per calendar month. Enclosed split level gardens.[3]
  • Ronnie's Post Office
  • Kettlewell Post Office - photo below.
Charlie's Kettlewell

Otley Road

The main A6038 road through the Charlestown area of Baildon by the river Aire. On the East side of the road are many of the larger businesses of Baildon though several of them are being demolished and smaller businesses and housing built. The Butterfield estate is one such.

Denso Marston Ltd, Otley Road. 2002.[4]

Baildon Bridge

The area near the bridge over the river Aire just before Shipley.

Building Use

1 Green Lane

  • The Sandwich Shack. 2018
  • Baildon Nibbles. 2017
  • Cookie's Cafe. 2016
  • Snack Shack. 2015
  • Baildon Butties. 2013
  • The Cabin. 2008

Bridge Garage.

  • Reliance Motors. 1964.[1]

Tong Park

An area of Baildon near Otley Road below Holins Hill

24 St James Place was for many years Tong Park Post Office.

Tong Park Post Office. 1960s

Building Use

Hollins Hill Garage

Sharp & Griffiths

The following is taken from Baildon Urban District Council Guide which I think was dated 1972:-

B. R. Sharp and H. O. Griffiths founded the firm of Sharp & Griffiths Ltd in 1919 and claim to be the first motor engineers in Baildon. Trading began in a small stable opposite to "The Shoulder of Mutton", repairing cars during the day and hauling with a wagon which had an interchangeable body for taking coach parties out in the evenings and also probably running one of the first taxi services in the town.

In 1920 premises were erected on the present site in the form of an old Army hut and in late 1920's the present building was erected, being added to over the years. The firm now carries on business together with their subsidiary company - Sharp & Griffiths (Transport) Ltd. - as motor engineers, with 100 per cent Rootes agency and haulage contractors mainly serving the Bradford wool industry.


A part of Baildon on Otley Road that is named after Charlie Thompson who built the first house there as mentioned in The Charlie Thompson Walk Heritage Trail.

This area is mentioned in several of the Baildon Heritage Trails


The area of Baildon from Baildon Bridge to the rail viaduct over Otley Road.

It has a parade of shops near the viaduct and there used to be Woodbottom School.

Austin Mitchell went to Woodbottom School and you can read his reminiscences here.


Baildon Green

Old Baildonians refer to Baildon Green as Gander Land because of the large number of geese kept there.[6] Several residents around the green have grazing rights.

Bottom of Baildon Green AKA Gander Land

Building Use

Baildon Green Mills

  • Baildon Green Autos. 2002 [4]

Shipley Glen

The area often referred to as Shipley Glen should properly be known as Bracken Hall Green. The glen is the area below Bracken Hall Green with Loadpit Beck running at the bottom of it. This area has several standing stones and a circle of stones was partly removed when the road was widened. This area and adjacent Baildon Moor have several cup and ring stones.

Shipley Glen Tramway

Baildon Moor

Baildon Moor

Milner Field

Milner Field was originally the home of Titus Salt junior and his wife Catherine (nee Crossley)

Milner Field was built in 1the 1870s and replaced a seventeenth century house of the same name. 'It is a self-contained..modern structure with large Conservatory (containing semi-tropical plants and exotics', Winter Gardens, Greenhouses, well-stocked Gardens,..Lodges, Woodlands..Lake etc.' The interior of the Mansion was panelled in oak, teakwood, mahogany chestnut and cedarwood.

There were two royal visits to Milner Field. The Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra in 1882 and Princess Beatrice and Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1887.

Titus Salt junior died in 1887; his widow remained at Milner Field until 1903 when she sold the estate to Sir James Roberts who lived there until he retired and moved to Scotland. Mr Ernest Gates was the next occupier; unfortunately he died in 1924 and Mr Hollins moved into Milner Field. After his death in 1929 the house was put up for sale but there were no offers for it; the house was eventually demolished in the 1950s.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Baildon Urban District Council Official Guide. 1964.
  2. 2.0 2.1 David Weatherall, facebook 2018
  3. rightmove and Ernest Wilson
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Baildon Community Council Handbook. 2002.
  5. Baildon Urban District Council Guide. 1972(?)
  6. A Edwick notes.